Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Preview 2/1/2022

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Preview 2/1/2022

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Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Preview 2/1/2022

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To begin February, the Denver Nuggets will travel to the Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8:00 p.m. EST. The Nuggets will play the second-to-last game of their road trip before they wrap things up in Utah on Wednesday. Denver checks into this game as the fifth seed in the Western Conference with a 28-21 record. The Nuggets are coming off a 136-100 blowout win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Denver is on a five-game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s tilt.

For the Timberwolves, they sit at the eighth spot in the conference with a 25-25 record through 50 games. Minnesota split their last four games. In their last game, they toppled the Jazz, 126-106, on Sunday.

How The Denver Nuggets Can Win: 

The strategy to beat the Timberwolves mirrors the one that the Nuggets used to wallop the Bucks on Sunday. That strategy is to allow Nikola Jokic to take the game over. He scored 18 points but did most of his damage as a facilitator with 15 assists and nine rebounds. If Aaron Gordon is able to replicate his 24-point performance, then the Nuggets will put themselves in a position to win.

How The Minnesota Timberwolves Can Win: 

The matchup to pay close attention to is Karl-Anthony Towns vs. Jokic. Towns is averaging 24.4 points and 9.4 rebounds on the season. He will be in a tough battle with Jokic securing rebounds and battling down low. If Towns is able to outduel Jokic, that will bode well for the Timberwolves. Towns will need help from Anthony Edwards, who scored 15 points in the win against the Jazz.

The Spread Via FanDuel: 

Moneyline: DEN (+124)| MIN (-146)

Spread: DEN (+3)| MIN (-3)

 

Final Prediction: Nuggets 128, Timberwolves 122

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