For the second night in a row, the Denver Nuggets (31-13) She returns to work with Minnesota Timberwolves (22-23) for the second time this season. This is also the second time this month that the Timberwolves have caught the Nuggets on the second night of a back-to-back game after taking out the previous night.
The Nuggets are riding high after last night’s win at Portland Trail Blazers, which was their seventh in a row, and has put them 9-1 in their last 10 games. Coincidentally, their only loss during that 10-game stretch was to the Timberwolves on January 2nd. Since winning 12 straight games between the 2018-2021 seasons, the Nuggets have lost their last four games in this series, and they’re going to want to end that streak tonight.
The Timberwolves entered tonight’s game ranked ninth in the Western Conference, but they’re only half a game back from sixth place and 3.5 games from fourth place as the West is really crowded after the top two teams. Due to injuries and other factors, this team has been performing poorly up to this point in the year, but they have been 6-4 in their last 10 games and 6-2 in the month of January. A win tonight can really help them keep turning things around.
Who: Denver Nuggets (31-13, 20-3 at home) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (22-23, 8-13 away)
Time: 8:00 pm GMT
Location: the football field
How to watch/listen: ESPN. The Denver Steves don’t condone piracy…unless it’s the 18th century romance kind. AltitudeTV was available. League Pass for non-Denver market viewers. Show in Denver. 92.5 FM KKSE Altitude Sports Radio
Competitor blog: Hoopoe dog
Predicted starting lineups:
MIN: PG D’Angelo Russell, SG Anthony Edwards, SF Jaden McDaniels, PF Kyle Anderson, C Rudy Gobert
Religion: PG Jamal Murray, SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SF Michael Porter Jr. P.F. Aaron Gordon, C Nikola Jokic
Injuries: Colin Gillespie (leg), Jeff Green (hand/finger), Peyton Watson (groin), Jamal Murray (ankle), Bones Hyland (ankle), Anthony Edwards (hip), Torian Prince (ankle), Jordan McLaughlin ( calf), Carl Anthony Townes (calf)
In the previous meeting between these two teams, the Nuggets shot a higher percentage from 3-point range and had more points in the paint, while having more fast break points and more points scored from turnovers. The Nuggets have five players in their rotation averaging more than three 3-point shots per game while shooting 38.6 percent or better from the outside. Two Timberwolves. This forced the team to shoot outside more often and lower at midrange as they scored a ton in the first game.
In the previous game between those two teams, the Nuggets had 27 assists, which isn’t a bad sign, but this team is 19-3 this season when they get 30 or more in a game. Moving the ball keeps the defense off balance, and makes it easier for everyone to score and run. If they can work early with the extra pass and find the open man, they’ll be in good shape.
Legs of the late game
Tonight will be the fourth time in less than a month that the Nuggets have played back-to-back games. They’ve been outplayed in the last quarter of two of those three games played so far, game three being a game with Cleveland Cavaliers, who were playing without Donovan Mitchell. All of Denver’s starters played 30 minutes or more last night, so it’ll be interesting to see how that affects them at the end of this game.