Friday, October 7 2022

Through 2 Quarters

Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Denver Nuggets have kept the scorekeepers busy with 135 between them two quarters in. a win is still up for grabs for either team, but Minnesota is up 70-65

The Timberwolves have been led by point guard D’Angelo Russell, who so far has 22 points and two assists along with two boards. One thing to keep an eye out for is Karl-Anthony Towns’ foul situation as he currently sits at three.

Center Nikola Jokic has led the way so far for Denver, as he has 24 points and five assists in addition to six rebounds. A double-double would be Jokic’s fourth in a row.

Who’s Playing

Minnesota @ Denver

Current Records: Minnesota 43-34; Denver 46-31

What to Know

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ road trip will continue as they head to Ball Arena at 9 p.m. ET on Friday to face off against the Denver Nuggets. Denver will be strutting in after a victory while the Timberwolves will be stumbling in from a loss.

Things couldn’t have gone much worse for Minnesota as they lost 125-102 to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. This game was a close 62-60 at the break, but unfortunately for Minnesota it sure didn’t stay that way. Point guard D’Angelo Russell wasn’t much of a difference maker for Minnesota; Russell played for 27 minutes with 3-for-15 shooting.

Meanwhile, Denver was able to grind out a solid win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, winning 125-118. The Nuggets’ center Nikola Jokic was on fire, almost dropping a triple-double on 37 points, 13 boards, and nine dimes. That makes it three consecutive games in which Jokic has had at least 12 rebounds.

The Timberwolves are expected to lose this next one by 3. Now might not be the best time to take Minnesota against the spread since they’ve let down bettors for the past two consecutive games.

Minnesota is now 43-34 while Denver sits at 46-31. A pair of offensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Minnesota comes into the contest boasting the second most points per game in the league at 115.2. The Nuggets have displayed some offensive firepower of their own as they enter the matchup with a 48.10% field goal percentage, good for second best in the league.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 9 p.m. ET
  • Where: Ball Arena — Denver, Colorado
  • TV: Altitude Sports & Entertainmnt
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $24.00

Odds

The Nuggets are a 3-point favorite against the Timberwolves, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Nuggets as a 4-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Denver have won 18 out of their last 26 games against Minnesota.

  • Feb 01, 2022 – Minnesota 130 vs. Denver 115
  • Dec 15, 2021 – Minnesota 124 vs. Denver 107
  • Oct 30, 2021 – Denver 93 vs. Minnesota 91
  • May 13, 2021 – Denver 114 vs. Minnesota 103
  • Jan 05, 2021 – Denver 123 vs. Minnesota 116
  • Jan 03, 2021 – Denver 124 vs. Minnesota 109
  • Feb 23, 2020 – Denver 128 vs. Minnesota 116
  • Jan 20, 2020 – Denver 107 vs. Minnesota 100
  • Dec 20, 2019 – Denver 109 vs. Minnesota 100
  • Nov 10, 2019 – Denver 100 vs. Minnesota 98
  • Apr 10, 2019 – Denver 99 vs. Minnesota 95
  • Mar 12, 2019 – Denver 133 vs. Minnesota 107
  • Feb 02, 2019 – Denver 107 vs. Minnesota 106
  • Nov 21, 2018 – Denver 103 vs. Minnesota 101
  • Apr 11, 2018 – Minnesota 112 vs. Denver 106
  • Apr 05, 2018 – Denver 100 vs. Minnesota 96
  • Dec 27, 2017 – Minnesota 128 vs. Denver 125
  • Dec 20, 2017 – Minnesota 112 vs. Denver 104
  • Feb 15, 2017 – Minnesota 112 vs. Denver 99
  • Jan 22, 2017 – Minnesota 111 vs. Denver 108
  • Dec 28, 2016 – Denver 105 vs. Minnesota 103
  • Nov 03, 2016 – Denver 102 vs. Minnesota 99
  • Jan 06, 2016 – Denver 78 vs. Minnesota 74
  • Dec 15, 2015 – Denver 112 vs. Minnesota 100
  • Dec 11, 2015 – Denver 111 vs. Minnesota 108
  • Oct 30, 2015 – Minnesota 95 vs. Denver 78

Injury Report for Denver

  • Vlatko Cancar: Out (Foot)
  • Jamal Murray: Out (Knee)
  • Michael Porter Jr.: Out (Back)
  • Zeke Nnaji: Out (Knee)

Injury Report for Minnesota

  • Malik Beasley: Game-Time Decision (Ankle)
  • Jaden McDaniels: Out (Ankle)

Source: CBSSports.com

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