Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets - 2/12/14
Denver Nuggets (24-26) at Minnesota Timberwolves (24-28)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -6.5 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds
A couple of struggling teams meet tonight when the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets have lost five of their last seven and will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss after getting absolutely trounced by the Pacers on Monday. Wilson Chandler led the team with 17 points and JJ Hicksons added 12, but this game was over before it began as the Pacers showed no mercy and stormed to a 61-40 halftime lead and didn't slow down in the second half. Denver was without Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson so they never had much of a chances against a Pacers team coming off a tough loss. Denver is now 24-26 overall and 10-15 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have lost six of their last seven and will still be reeling after getting thumped by the Rockets by 107-89 on Monday. With Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin both out injured, the Wolves leaned heavily on Kevin Love who poured in 31 points, but he just didn't receive enough support, especially in the fourth quarter where Minnesota managed only 11 points as a team. Coach Rick Adelman wasn't even at the game either because of personal reasons, but he is expected to return tonight.
In ATS trends, the Nuggets are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, while the Wolves are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.
Head to head, Minnesota has dropped three straight and 23 of 27 against Denver, including two losses back in November of this season. In terms of ATS trends, the Nuggets are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 in Minnesota.
The All-Star break just can't come soon enough for both of these teams who have struggled with their respective injuries. In terms of picking this game, you couldn't be too confident about choosing either side here, but all I know is that Denver has allowed at least 100 points in 13 of its last 14 games so this game looks like it could be another high-scoring affair.