NBA Betting Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets – Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021

A pair of 2-4 teams will hook back up at Ball Arena Tuesday when the Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets defeated the Timberwolves Sunday 124-109. The Timberwolves will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak, while the Nuggets will be going for their second straight victory. BetOnline has a moneyline on this game of Denver -800, while the Timberwolves check in at +580. The Nuggets are 12-point favorites at the moment.

Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Preview: Get Back into the Win Column

The Minnesota Timberwolves come into play with a record of 2-4, two games behind the Utah Jazz in the Northwest Division. The Timberwolves have lost four consecutive games after beginning the season with two straight wins. Minnesota’s latest setback came Sunday against Denver when they fell to the Nuggets by 15 points.

The Timberwolves can look to the rebounding numbers when trying to dissect the loss. Denver outrebounded Minnesota 47-32 in the game. The Timberwolves were led by Malik Beasley, who scored a season-high 25 points. Point guard De’Angelo Russell added 18 points and seven assists. Minnesota has not won a game since losing center Karl Anthony Towns to a dislocated wrist. The game turned on a dime in the fourth quarter as Minnesota led 84-83 at the start of the quarter before being outscored by 16 points in the final 12 minutes.

On the season, the Timberwolves are led by Beasley’s 19 points per game. Russell is averaging 16.8 points and 4.5 assists per game. Before getting injured, Towns was averaging 19 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. He is expected to miss several games with the injury that does not require surgery.

Denver Nuggets Betting Preview: Consistency is Key

The Denver Nuggets also come into play with a record of 2-4, two games behind the Utah Jazz in the Northwest Division. The Nuggets have had trouble keeping the consistency that they had during the first half of last season. They took advantage of the loss of Karl Anthony Towns in their win over the Timberwolves on Sunday by outrebounding the Wolves by 15.

Center Nikola Jokic recorded his fourth triple-double in six games this season to lead the Nuggets to victory. Point guard Jamal Murray went off, scoring a season-high 36 points, including 26 in the first half. The game was the second without forward Michael Porter Jr., who was dealing with the league’s health and safety protocols with COVID-19. The Nuggets connected on 42% of their three-point attempts.

On the season, the Nuggets are led by Murray and Jokic. Murray is averaging 24 points and 4.6 rebounds. Jokic is averaging a triple double, with 22.3 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 12.8 assists. Porter Jr. was averaging 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds before missing Friday and Sunday’s games. He is expected to miss several more.

Betting Lines and Predictions

BetOnline has a moneyline on this game of Denver -800, while Minnesota currently sits at +580. The Nuggets are favored by 12 points and the over/under is 227. Minnesota is in a world of trouble without Towns for several games. They lose basically all of their rebounding presence. The Nuggets, meanwhile, will undoubtedly use the same strategy in the game Tuesday that they used Sunday when they outrebounded the Wolves by 15. Jokic should have another monster game. Take the Nuggets.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Denver -12

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