Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets Preview
As the Golden State Warriors continue to struggle, the Denver Nuggets get closer and closer to narrowing the gap for the top spot in the Western Conference, but the Nuggets haven’t done much to improve their own chances lately. They’ll get an opportunity to do so tonight as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are running out of time to try to get into a playoff race.
Denver is 43-22 on the season and just 1.5 games out of first place. They lost their most recent game entering tonight’s matchup and are 6-4 in their last 10 games. Minnesota is 32-35 on the season and currently sit in 10th place in the West, 5.5 games behind eighth-placed Utah Jazz. But the Wolves have been playing well lately, winning their last two and splitting their last 10 games.
The Nuggets and Timberwolves last met on February 2, with the Nuggets edging out the win 107-106. Malik Beasley led the way for Denver with 22 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns paced the Timberwolves with 31 points and 12 rebounds.
Time: 10:30pm ET
Arena: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Minnesota Timberwolves Starting Lineup
Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns are questionable for tonight’s game, but the Minnesota Timberwolves are no strangers to having to step up when players are out.
Without Wiggins and Towns on Sunday, the Wolves had big games from other players in their 103-92 win over the New York Knicks.
“We expect to do that because we have a good team. It may not show all the time, but we have guys capable of having big nights,” Wolves big man Taj Gibson said. “You just have to know your role and do whatever the team needs, and if given a night that you need to step up and play an even bigger role, just be prepared.”
Gibson led the charge without Towns and Wiggins, finishing with 25 points and eight rebounds. Jeff Teague had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Keita Bates-Diop added 18 points and Tyus Jones had a big night off the bench with 13 points.
They’ll need a similar effort tonight regardless of who suits up since they’ll be taking on one of the top teams in the NBA in the Nuggets.
Denver Nuggets Starting Lineup
The Denver Nuggets have lost four of their last five games. While they were able to get a win over the Lakers the game before, they were up against it early against the Golden State Warriors in their last game, with the Warriors starting on a 20-6 run. The Nuggets lost 105-122 and gave up 39 points to Klay Thompson, who buried them from deep, connecting on nine of his 11 three-point attempts.
The Nuggets’ starters struggled, and they had to rely on their bench for scoring. Three of the five players that scored in double figures for the Nuggets came from the second unit.
“They played like they wanted to play. They played like they wanted to come here and compete, and that was a marked difference from our starting group,” Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said.
They were led in scoring by Malik Beasley and Monte Morris with 17 points apiece. Both Beasley and Morris have had to play bigger roles at different times this season when Denver was dealing with endless injury issues, so they are better off for that, but the starting group will have to find a way to be more involved as they wrap up the season.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets Betting Odds
The Nuggets are big 10-point favorites to win at home tonight. They are 27-6 at the Pepsi Center this season and 36-12 as the favorite. Minnesota is 9-25 on the road and 11-22 as the underdog.
The over/under is 229 points and Denver is -460 on the moneyline after opening at -650.
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