The NBA is set up with a solid night of action throughout May 13. Nine games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these matchups will be between the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves. These two teams will look for a big win on Thursday night. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Denver has earned a record of 45-24 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Western Conference. The Nuggets are one game back on the third seed and will look to catch them before the season comes to a close. Denver won their last game, which ended a two game losing streak. The Nuggets will look to build on that with a win in this one.
The Timberwolves have put up a record of 22-47 to this point in the season, which has them in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. Minnesota is already eliminated from postseason play, but will look to finish strong. The Timberwolves won their last two games and six of their last nine. Minnesota will look to keep it up in this one.
These two teams are both on opposite sides of the standings as of right now, but will look to finish this season strong. The Nuggets have been much better this season and are trying to catch the third seeded Clippers. Minnesota will look to play spoiler in this one after their season is already finished. I expect a solid game between these two teams on Thursday night.
The Nuggets and the Timberwolves have already met up twice this season. Minnesota hosted the first game on January 3. Malik Beasley dropped 25 points, while Jarrett Culver finished with 20 points. It was not enough for the Timberwolves though. Jamal Murray scored 36 points in Denver’s win. Nikola Jokic added 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists as the Nuggets finished with a 124-109 win on the road.
The second game of the season series shifted to Denver on January 5. D’Angelo Russell scored 33 points and 11 assists. Juan Hernangomez added 25 points, but once again the Timberwolves came up shy. Nikola Jokic finished with 35 points and 15 rebound, while Will Barton put up 20 points. The Nuggets starting lineup combined for 88 points as Denver earned a 123-116 win.
Minnesota has lost both games to the Nuggets so far this season. The Timberwolves struggled heavily early in the season, but have picked up their play as of late. Minnesota will look to take advantage with a win in this one. If the Timberwolves can come out fast in this one, they could pull off the upset. I expect Denver to come out shooting well though to try and shut down Minnesota’s chances.
Field Goal Shooting
Denver has been strong shooting the ball throughout this season. The Nuggets have made around 48.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 4th in the NBA. Denver has also been shooting 37.8 percent from deep, which is 7th in the league. The Nuggets have sunk 80.1 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 7th in the NBA as well.
The Timberwolves have struggled shooting the ball so far this season. Minnesota has been able to shoot 44.7 percent from the field, which is 27th in the league. The Timberwolves have been able to drain 35 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 25th in the NBA. Minnesota has made 76.4 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 21st in the league.
The Nuggets have been much better shooting the ball this season and will look to put up a strong performance in this one. Denver has also been better on defense. The Nuggets have allowed their opponents to make 46.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 19th in the NBA. Minnesota has allowed opposing teams to shoot 48.2 percent from the field, which is 28th in the league.
Nikola Jokic has been dominant for the Nuggets throughout this season. Jokic is averaging 26.5 points, 11 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Michael Porter Jr. has averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Aaron Gordon is averaging 10.5 points per game since joining the team, while Monte Morris has averaged 10 points per game to round out the lineup.
Karl-Anthony Towns continues to lead Minnesota again this season. Towns has averaged 25 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. D’Angelo Russell is averaging 19 points and 6 assists per game, while Anthony Edwards has also averaged 19 points per game in his rookie season. Naz Reid rounds out the lineup, averaging 11 points per game.
Both of these teams have similar lineups right now. Denver is missing Will Barton and Jamal Murray, which has hurt their lineup. The Timberwolves are still without Malik Beasley in this one. Both teams will look for some players to step up on Thursday night. If either team can have a strong night from their bench, it could be enough to grab a win in this one.
The Timberwolves lost both games against Denver earlier in the season, but Minnesota has been much better as of late. The Timberwolves will look to earn a win in this one against an injured Nuggets team. Denver has been much better this season though and I think they will grab the win in this one. The Nuggets have more to play for down the stretch and I think they will have players step up on Thursday.
BetOnline has Denver listed as a -5 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Nuggets on the road in this one. I agree with this line as the Timberwolves have had another rough season. Denver has been better shooting and defending this season and I think this will give them the edge on Thursday night. I am taking the Nuggets against the spread.