Denver Nuggets at Minnesota Timberwolves
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3:30 PM (Target Center)
Denver -1; Total 217 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Two teams who play the game almost exactly opposite from one another will meet on Sunday when the Denver Nuggets (6-2) travel to Minneapolis to Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-3) in a key Western Conference battle. While it is still early, these two teams have shown just how much each game matters with the Nuggets at 6-2 sitting in second in the West while Minnesota, one game back is all the way down in ninth.
These two teams like to go about things completely opposite. Minnesota is all offense, ranking 4th in the NBA at 117.8 points per game, while the Timberwolves are 26th in the league in defense allowing 118.8 points per game. Denver truly is the exact opposite, ranking 4th in scoring defense (110.6 ppg) while sitting just 26th on offense (103.8 ppg).
With all the talk of the two teams from Los Angeles, the big two at Houston, and the impressive starts from Phoenix, San Antonio, and Dallas, many have forgotten that it was Denver who finished the regular season last year with the second-best record in the Western Conference. The Nuggets have continued their strong play this year after a second-round exit from the playoffs in 2018-19 holding a pair of three-game win streaks surrounding two straight losses. Denver was most impressive recently, earning wins over two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference with a 20-point win over Miami and a narrow 100-97 victory over the 76ers.
Jamal Murray has been the leading scorer so far this year for Denver with 19.3 points per game and he scored 22 points with 11 assists in the win over Philadelphia. Nikola Jokic, who scored 26 points with 10 rebounds and six assists against the 76ers, is averaging 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, while Will Barton is adding 15.2 points per game.
Minnesota is a tough team to get a read on this season so far. It does have superstar players like Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Jeff Teague, and the team started at 3-0, but the Timberwolves are just 2-3 since then as the schedule became more difficult. Those three losses came against Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Memphis, and most recently Minnesota needed overtime to edge a severely depleted Golden State team.
Towns and Wiggins are one of the best duos in the NBA with Towns scoring 25.7 points per game (12th in the NBA) and Wiggins scoring 24.6 points per game (16th in the NBA). Towns is also seventh in the NBA in rebounding with 12.2 per game. Robert Covington and Teague average 13.3 and 13.2 points per game respectively.
Stay away from the total in this one. Just like everything else between these two teams, they hit the over/under at opposite rates. The over has hit six times in eight games for Minnesota, while the under has hit six times in eight games for Denver. But this is a Denver team that is on form and on regular rest in one of the biggest home-court advantages in the NBA due to the altitude playing a team that is just 2-3 heads up in the last five games, including needing overtime to beat Golden State at home. In addition, Denver is 2-1-1 against the spread as an away favorite, while Minnesota is 0-1 as a home underdog. While this should be an entertaining game to watch, take Denver minus the point and hope that recent form continues.