Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/5/21

Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/5/21 Photo by Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

The Line: Denver Nuggets -14 -- Over/Under: 227 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Ball Arena.

The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 106.2 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 119.5 points on 49.8 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 19 points and five assists while Malik Beasley is averaging 19 points and 1.5 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Anthony Edwards is grabbing two rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game.

The Denver Nuggets need a win here to rebound from a 2-4 record. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 116 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 116 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 24 points and three assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 22.3 points and 11.2 rebounds. Michel Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing four rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 40.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game.

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The Timberwolves are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games and 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Timberwolves last 8 overall. The over is 8-1 in Nuggets last 9 overall. The Timberwolves are 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Denver.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a mess right now at both ends of the floor and things aren't going to improve without Towns in the lineup. However, the Denver Nuggets haven't exactly been worldbeaters through six games and a comfortable win a couple days ago over these Timberwolves doesn't move the needle much. I'm not running to the window to back the Timberwolves these days, but I'm certainly not laying this much chalk with the Nuggets. 

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Timberwolves +14

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