Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 2/5/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Target Center is the location where the Minnesota Timberwolves will take on the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
The Nuggets played the Warriors and took home the win by a score of 134-117 in their last contest. When talking about fouls, the Nuggets ended up finishing with 19 and the Warriors accounted for 23 fouls. They made 19 out of their 38 shots from 3-point land. Golden State finished the game shooting 63.2% from the free throw line by knocking down 12 of their 19 tries. Furthermore, Golden State had 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Golden State recorded 25 dimes and had 4 steals for this contest. With respect to defending, Denver let their opponent shoot 50.6% from the floor on 43 out of 85 shooting. They also doled out 35 assists in the game in addition to forcing the other team into 17 turnovers and earning 10 steals. In reference to rebounding, they earned a total of 38 with 7 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Nuggets buried 16 of their 21 tries for a percentage of 76.2%. Denver ended having earned a 56.7% field goal percentage (51 of 90) and converted 16 of their 35 three-point attempts.
Jamal Murray is a player who was a major contributor in this contest. He notched 33 points on 12 out of 23 shooting. He saw the court for 30 mins played and pulled down 5 rebounds. Murray finished 52.2% from the floor and dished out 8 dimes.
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Denver comes into this one with a record of 36-16 so far this season. They currently have an average of 117.0 pts per contest (5th in the league) while hitting 50.9% from the floor. The Nuggets are shooting 39.8% on 3-point shots (641 of 1,610) and 74.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Denver is pulling in 42.7 boards per contest and has earned 1,496 dimes on the year, which is 2nd in the league in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 15.0 times per game and as a squad they are committing 19.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Nuggets are able to force 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.3 fouls. They rank 21st in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,334 surrendered this year. The Nuggets defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 47.9% (2,154 of 4,493) and they surrender 40.4 boards per game as a group. They are giving up 35.3% on shots from distance while they are 13th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (112.8).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Timberwolves got the victory with a final of 119-114 against the Warriors. The Timberwolves snagged 43 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 53 in the matchup. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while getting 5 steals in this matchup. The Warriors were called for 24 fouls in this contest which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for 24 tries. They were able to make 13 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 54.2%. In regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Minnesota buried 14 of their 50 tries (28.0%). When all was said and done, the Timberwolves shot 46 out of 106 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.4%. The Timberwolves allowed the Warriors to knock down 38 of their 91 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.8% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 31.4% from beyond the perimeter by going 11 out of 35 and ended up going 27 of 34 from the free throw line (79.4%). In regard to team rebounding, Minnesota allowed Golden State to grab 58 in all (9 offensive).
D'Angelo Russell ended up having an impact for the Timberwolves for the game. Russell had 29 points in his 35 mins on the court and had 2 assists for the contest. He knocked down 11 of 23 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 47.8%, and had 2 rebounds.
Minnesota has a record of 28-26 this year. The Timberwolves have committed 21.9 fouls per contest while shooting 76.8% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 25.3 times per contest (13th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 15.8 times per contest. Minnesota has scored 6,218 points this year (115.1 per game) and they pull in 41.4 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Timberwolves are connecting on 49.1% from the field, which is 4th in the league.
The Minnesota defense gives up 36.6% from downtown (701 of 1,914) and opponents are knocking down 75.1% of their free throw attempts. They give up 25.4 dimes and 44.6 boards per game, which is 15th and 24th in the league. The Timberwolves are ranked 19th in the league in points given up per game with 115.0. They are forcing 16.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (6th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Denver
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