Sunday, January 23 2022

Through 3 Quarters

It’s a close one, but it looks like the Minnesota Timberwolves’ home crowd might be making the difference. After three quarters neither squad has the contest in the bag, but Minnesota leads 73-69 over the Denver Nuggets.

The Timberwolves have enjoyed the tag-team combination of shooting guard Malik Beasley and center Naz Reid. The former has shot 5-for-8 from beyond the arc and has recorded 15 points, while the latter has ten points. One thing to keep an eye out for is Jaden McDaniels’ foul situation as he currently sits at four.

Center Nikola Jokic has led the way so far for Denver, as he has posted a double-double on 20 points and 15 rebounds in addition to six dimes.

This is the least points Denver has had yet this season going into the fourth quarter.

Who’s Playing

Denver @ Minnesota

Current Records: Denver 3-2; Minnesota 3-1

What to Know

The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t won a matchup against the Denver Nuggets since April 11 of 2018, but they’ll be looking to end the drought this past Saturday. The Timberwolves will take on Denver at 9 p.m. ET at Target Center after having had a few days off. The contest is expected to be a close one, with Minnesota going off at just a 1.5-point favorite.

Minnesota didn’t have too much breathing room in their game with the Milwaukee Bucks this past Wednesday, but they still walked away with a 113-108 win. Minnesota relied on the efforts of center Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 25 points and five assists along with three blocks, and point guard D’Angelo Russell, who had 29 points and six assists in addition to five rebounds.

Meanwhile, Denver was completely in charge this past Friday, breezing past the Dallas Mavericks 106-75 at home. The contest was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point the Nuggets had established an 87-56 advantage. The top scorer for Denver was small forward Will Barton (17 points).

The wins brought the Timberwolves up to 3-1 and Denver to 3-2. A couple stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Minnesota have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 41.50%, which places them third in the league. But the Nuggets enter the game with a 49.40% field goal percentage, which is the best in the league. We’ll see which of these strengths — offense or defense — will win out.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 9 p.m. ET
  • Where: Target Center — Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • TV: Altitude 2 Sports
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $30.00


The Timberwolves are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Nuggets, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Timberwolves as a 2.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -112

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Series History

Denver have won 17 out of their last 23 games against Minnesota.

  • 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 Minnesota

No Injury Information

Injury Report for Denver

  • Vlatko Cancar: Out (Hip)
  • Jamal Murray: Out (Knee)



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