Minnesota Timberwolves (32-35) @ Denver Nuggets (43-22)
NBA: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 10:30 PM ET (Pepsi Center)
Lines and Odds: Denver Nuggets (-10.5), Over/Under: 222.5
Free NBA Picks Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets
In this late-night Western conference showdown, the Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets. Minnesota are coming off a 103-92 win at home versus the NY Knicks, and have won three of their last five. The Nuggets, on the other hand, have only won one of their last five games, all being against Western conference teams. Their latest loss came on the road versus Golden State, where Denver was blown out 122-105. They will look to reverse their fortunes tonight after their tough three-game road trip.
The Minnesota Timberwolves currently sit at the tenth spot in the Western Conference, which is a game-and-a-half behind the Sacramento Kings and a game-and-a-half in front of the Los Angeles Lakers. As the T-Wolves look to build on their two-game win streak, the next obstacle in their improbable path to a playoff spot is not only the Denver Nuggets but also injuries to arguably their top two players. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, who were absent in Sunday’s win versus the New York Knicks, are listed as day-to-day and current status for tonight’s game is questionable. On a night where Derrick Rose was also rested due to relative lack of competition, Taj Gibson stepped up with his season high 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting, while also leading the team with 8 rebounds. Jeff Teague, who benefited off Rose’s early exit, attained a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists. Towns’s all-star contribution isn’t an understatement, however, as he leads the team in points and rebounds (24.5 PPG and 12.3 RPG on 52.4 FG%). If Towns and Wiggins sit out Tuesday night, look for Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose, and Taj Gibson to shoulder the load against a Denver team that’s been slipping recently.
The Denver Nuggets currently sit at the second seed in the Western conference, 1.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors, and only two games ahead of the Houston Rockets. They didn’t fair well against the current champs, as they were humbled 122-105 on a night where the Denver starters were completely outplayed with a combined -95 plus/minus and overall shot 33-for-95 from the field. The bench led in all categories, as Malik Jackson scored a team-high 17 points while Monte Morris and Mason Plumlee had 6 assists and 12 rebounds, respectively. All-star Nikola Jokic, who was kept relatively silent by the Warriors defense, leads the Nuggets in every major statistical category (20.4 PPG, 10.8 RPG, and 7.6 APG), while shooting 50.5% from the field. Expect Jokic to remain the primary offensive option against a short-handed T-Wolves team while also utilizing Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap and Gary Harris on a bounce back shooting night.
Cover The Spread 365 betting trends
Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 7 games
Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Denver is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver’s last 5 games
Denver is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Free NBA Scores Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves
With injuries to key pieces for the T-Wolves, it’s hard to imagine the bench players putting up another dominating performance, unless Denver has another terrible offensive showing as they did at Golden State. Since Denver’s road trip is over and they are back home, the main focus will be to get back to their winning ways, and with the help of Jokic and a top ten defense, it will be enough to get ahead early to cover the spread. Also, make sure to keep track of the injury status of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, as their presence, even if it doesn’t effect the outcome of the game, may have a profound impact on the spread of the game.
Pick: Denver Nuggets (-10.5)