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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets - 2/2/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets at Minnesota Timberwolves
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Target Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +1 -- Over/Under: 221
TV Channel
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The Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Saturday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Denver Nuggets look for another win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 111.5 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 18.5 points and 4.9 assists. Gary Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have split their last six road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves need to find some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 111.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22.6 points and 12.1 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.6 points and 4.7 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last six home games.

The Nuggets are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Nuggets are 20-5-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Minnesota and the underdog is 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Timberwolves last 5 overall. The over is 7-2 in Nuggets last 9 overall.

The Denver Nuggets are on the end of a back to back and haven't played the same on the road as they have at home, as they're losing by an average of 1.1 points and the shooting percentage drops to 44.7 percent. Still, the Minnesota Timberwolves are a team I just don't have confidence in, as this club looks like a playoff contender one night and craps the bed the next. The Timberwolves still don't play much defense and are often in dog fights with garbage teams. We're getting the much better team in a near pick em spot. Rest advantage or not, the Nuggets have to be the pick in this contest. 

Denver Nuggets -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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