Timberwolves vs. Nuggets - 1/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (14-20) at Minnesota Timberwolves (5-27)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +3.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, FSN
The Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves play Monday night at the Target Center.
The Denver Nuggets have lost five of their last seven games and continue to sink in the standings. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 101.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting and are allowing 104 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Ty Lawson is averaging 16.6 points and 10.2 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 14.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. Wilson Chandler is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets have to be a great offensive team to win games due to poor defense, but they’re shooting just 43.9 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from deep in their last five games. The Nuggets are just 4-12 SU on the road this season. Nate Robinson is questionable for this game with a wrist injury.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost 11 straight games and continue to chase one of the top draft picks. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 98.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting and are allowing 108.5 points on 49.4 percent shooting. Thaddeus Young is averaging 13.9 points and 4.4 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 13.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. Mo Williams is dishing out 6.4 assists and Shabazz Muhammad is grabbing four rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to stink up the joint defensively, allowing 100-plus points in 11 straight games and allowing teams to shoot 47.7 percent from the field in their last five games. Three of the Timberwolves five wins this season have come at home. Chase Budinger is questionable for this game with an illness.
The Nuggets are 6-15-1 ATS in their last 22 vs. Western Conference and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nuggets are 10-2-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Minnesota and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
Not only have the Denver Nuggets owned the Timberwolves ATS over the years, but they're actually still trying to win games while Minnesota has tanked a long time ago. Look for the Nuggets to win this game and cover the small chalk.