Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 1/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+14)
Ball Arena is the venue where and the Denver Nuggets (2-4) will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-4) on Tuesday. The odds on this game have Denver as 14-point favorites. The over/under is set at 227.
The Minnesota Timberwolves played the Nuggets and took a loss by a final of 124-109 in their last contest. Minnesota finished the game with a 51.8% FG percentage (44 out of 85) and knocked down 10 of their 31 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Timberwolves buried 11 of their 16 attempts for a rate of 68.8%. With regard to rebounding, they earned 36 with 9 of them being offensive. They also doled out 30 assists in the matchup while getting 11 steals and 6 blocks. Concerning the defense, Minnesota allowed the other team to shoot 48.9% from the field on 45 out of 92 shooting. Denver distributed 34 assists and had 6 steals for the game. Additionally, the Nuggets pulled down 43 rebounds (13 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Denver finished the game shooting 71.4% from the free throw line by making 15 of their 21 attempts. They buried 19 out of their 45 attempts from long range.
Malik Beasley is a player who played a role in this matchup. He recorded 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38:05 minutes and pulled down 7 boards. Beasley finished 62.5% from the field and also totaled 5 dimes. An additional guy that played a role in the game for the Timberwolves was Jarrett Culver. He grabbed 6 boards and collected 2 assists. He went 61.5% from the field for this game by shooting 8-of-13 (20 points). At the conclusion of this game, Culver was on the hardwood for 28:29 min.
Minnesota enters this one with a win-loss record of 2-4 so far this season. The Timberwolves are shooting 31.4% on three-point shots (66 of 210) and 72.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 106.2 pts per contest (25th in the NBA) while shooting 44.0% from the field. They cough up possession 14.7 times per game and as a team they are committing 20.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Minnesota is pulling in 42.3 rebounds per game and has accumulated 139 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 18th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Timberwolves are able to force 16.2 turnovers every game and they draw 18.3 fouls. They are ranked 28th in the NBA in allowing assists with 177 surrendered this year. The Timberwolves are allowing a shooting percentage of 49.8% (97 of 110) and they surrender 46.5 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are relinquishing 38.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 27th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (119.5).
In their win against Minnesota, the Nuggets recorded 30 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for the contest. They also stuffed 4 attempts while getting 6 steals in this contest. The Timberwolves committed 17 fouls in the matchup which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 21 shots. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throw tries for a rate of 71.4%. With regard to shots from beyond the arc, Denver knocked down 19 of 45 tries (42.2%). When this game wrapped up, the Nuggets went 45 for 92 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.9%. The Nuggets permitted the Timberwolves to convert 44 of 85 tries from the floor which had them shooting 51.8% in this contest. They shot 32.3% from distance by going 10 of 31 and finished the contest at 11 of 16 from the free throw line (68.8%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, Denver permitted Minnesota to snag 36 in all (9 on the offensive glass).
Jamal Murray ended up being a factor for the Nuggets for the matchup. He made 13 out of 20 for the game for a field goal rate of 65.0%, which got him 36 points. Murray snagged 5 rebounds in his 35:55 minutes of time on the court and had 4 dimes for the matchup. One more player that played a role for Denver was Nikola Jokić. He accumulated 19 points in 31:43 mins played via 8 of 12 from the floor for the matchup. Jokić walked away from this one going 66.7% from the floor as well as collecting 12 assists and 12 rebounds.
Denver has a win-loss record of 2-4 on the season. Denver has accounted for 696 points this season (116.0 per game) and they pull down 41.7 rebounds per contest. The Nuggets are committing 19.5 fouls per game and they go 72.9% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Nuggets are shooting 49.2% from the field, which ranks them 3rd in basketball. They are getting an assist 28.8 times per game (2nd in the NBA) and they are turning it over 15.2 times per contest. The Nuggets on the defensive end are ranked 23rd in the NBA in points allowed per game with 116.0. They have forced 15.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 48.7% from the field (28th in the NBA). The Denver defense concedes 40.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (84 of 207) and their opposition makes 78.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 28.5 assists and 40.0 boards every game, which ranks them 28th and 2nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (+14)
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