Denver Nuggets are losing starters

Denver Nuggets are losing starters

The Denver Nuggets struggle as they meet the Minnesota Timberwolves, as they will be without their key players. These two teams already met for three times this regular season and this will be their fourth and final. In fact, they last met each other this Monday, where it was the Timberwolves who took home the victory on that game. Their last meeting ended up in a dominating 128-98 win by the Timberwolves. While the Nuggets struggle losing their starters, the Timberwolves are relying on their defense to win this game. This game on February 8, 2023, at 10:00 AM (GMT+8), will be hosted by the Nuggets.

These two teams are both in the Western Conference, where it was the hosts leading the standings. The hosts are actually lucky to be able to retain their spot in the standings, even without their main men. With 37 wins from their 54 games, it is not surprising that they are at the top. 25 of those 37 wins are coming at home, hoping to add more wins from their matches. As for the visitors, they are at the seventh of the standings, but are slowly chipping in to steal the sixth spot. In 56 games, this team won 29, where nine of those are coming from the road.

Denver Nuggets

NBA: Denver Nuggets
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Injury after injury; this is what hurts the Nuggets right now, as they hope to remains on their spot in the standings. On their last game against the Timberwolves, they were not able to be at their best. They sat four of their five starters, which is why no wonder they lost on that match. Before that loss against the Timberwolves, this squad is actually in a three-game winning streak. If they want to win against the same squad, they must be at a full squad, which seems to be impossible. Fortunately, they are doing well in the three-point line, shooting 39.6% from deep. However, they failed to be as impressive in the free-throw line, shooting only 74.9% in that area. They are seventh offensively with 116.8 points per game, and 13th in defense, giving up 113 points per game.

This team is in a serious trouble, as they are missing four of their five starters on their last game. Nikola Jokic is listed as questionable in this game, while Caldwell-Pope, Gordon, and Murray are all out due to injury.

Minnesota Timberwolves

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves
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The Timberwolves are currently on a run of at least earning a spot in the top six of their conference standings. This is not impossible though as they already won five of their last seven games. It is just their percentage points that kept them from getting the sixth of the standings. This squad is shooting 49.1% from the field, an impressive record for them, where they draw strength. Timberwolves are most successful in attacking the basket, but it is not the same from beyond the arc. They only shot 35.4% in that area, the 19th highest shooting percentage in the league. The free-throw line is also not their best area, as they also struggle there shooting only 76.9%. Just like their opponents, this team also have several important absentees that might affect them. Offensively, they are at the 11th with115.5 points per game, and 19th in defense, allowing 114.9 points per game.

McLaughlin, Anderson, and Gobert are all considered as questionable because of their injuries. Austin Rivers on the other hand has a three-game suspension, due to his actions in the scuffle against the Magic. Karl-Anthony Towns on the other handis sidelined indefinitely because of a calf injury.

Prediction:

Denver Nuggets
Total Under: 122.5
Odds: 0.86

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