Wednesday’s NBA preview breaks down the feature game between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers, along with NBA tips for all other matches being played today.
13:30 (AEDT), Wed 13th Mar @ Pepsi Center, Denver
History: Played 129: Nuggets 76 V Timberwolves 53
Last meeting: February 2, 2019: Nuggets 103 d Timberwolves 101 at Target Center
Final Thoughts: The Denver Nuggets are aiming to hang onto their lofty Western Conference standing, while the Minnesota Timberwolves are clinging to slim playoffs hopes.
The 43-22 Nuggets are second in the West but have lost four of their last five. They arrested a three-game slide by beating the Lakers 115-99, before crashing to a 122-105 loss at Golden State.
Nikola Jokic – who averages 20.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.6 assists – was kept very quiet by the Warriors.
The 32-35 Timberwolves sit 10th but have won three of their last four. They upset the Thunder last week and come into this clash off back-to-back victories over the Wizards and Knicks.
Karl-Anthony Towns has racked up 40-plus points and 14-plus rebounds in three of his last five outings. He missed the Knicks game but is expected to return for this crunch encounter.
The Timberwolves have won five of their last eight against the Nuggets, including two of their last three in Denver.
But the Nuggets won both clashes so far this season – both in Minneapolis. Both were cliff-hangers, however, with the Nuggets squeaking in 103-101 and 107-106. Jokic chalked up a triple-double in the latter to negate Towns’ 31 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.
The center battle is destined to be another doozy.
The key factor, though, looks to be home-court advantage. The T-Wolves are a dismal 9-25 on the road, winning just one of their last 10 away. Despite losing their last two at Pepsi Center, the Nuggets are a dominant 27-6 at home this season.
A hefty line should not deter punters from getting behind the Nuggets in Mile High City.
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