Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/3/21

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/3/21 Photo by David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets (1-4) at Minnesota Timberwolves (2-3)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Target Center)

The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +8.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Sunday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Denver Nuggets need a win to rebound from a rough 1-4 record. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 114.4 points on 49.3 percent shooting and allowing 117.4 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 21 points and 2.8 assists. Michel Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing four rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 42 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 105.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 118.6 points on 50 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 19 points and five assists while Malik Beasley is averaging 17.8 points and 0.8 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Anthony Edwards is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game.

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The Nuggets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Timberwolves are 16-36-1 ATS in their last 53 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. The over is 7-1 in Nuggets last 8 overall. The under is 6-1 in Timberwolves last 7 overall. The Nuggets are 20-5-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Minnesota and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Denver Nuggets are going to turn things around eventually and are the better team here, but none of that has stopped them from being sluggish defensively and piling up the losses. The Nuggets need to show me improved play before I can start backing them, especially with lines as thick as this one. The Minnesota Timberwolves are still a competitive team without Towns and are more than capable of putting a scare into a lot of teams any given night. Give me the points and the home team.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Timberwolves +8.5

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