When and where: March 12, 2019, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, 10:30 PM ET
The Minnesota Timberwolves hope to get their third consecutive win on Tuesday when they go on the road to take on the Denver Nuggets. Since the road loss to the Detroit Pistons, the Timberwolves have won their last two games against the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards. Meanwhile, the Nuggets have lost four of their last five games, including Friday’s blowout loss on the road to the Golden State Warriors.
Timberwolves win back-to-back games
Don’t think the Timberwolves felt bad about beating up on the Knicks on Sunday night. It marked their second consecutive win, and given the turbulent run they’ve had all season, it was a nice change from the disappointment that comes with losing.
On a night when the team opted to rest Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose, forward Taj Gibson stepped up and carried the team across the finish line with an impressive 25-point performance.
“We expect to do that because we have a good team. It may not show all the time but we have guys capable of having big nights,” Gibson said after the game, via ESPN.com. “It’s part of being a professional basketball player. You just have to know your role and do whatever the team needs, and if given a night that you need to step up and play an even bigger role, just be prepared.”Timberwolves finished the game shooting 44.7 percent from the floor and being out-rebounded, 57-53. However, they did manage to cash in on 27 points off 19 forced turnovers in the 103-92 victory. Guard Jeff Teague netted 20 points, three rebounds, 10 assists and two blocks to go along with Gibson’s standout performance.
Nuggets’ rapid decline continues
A few weeks ago, no one would have batted an eyelash at the Nuggets losing to the Warriors. The defending champions have long been the juggernaut team in the league that is heavily favored in every outing regardless of the venue. However, they are as vulnerable right now as they’ve been in the Big-Four (now Big-Five) era.
They couldn’t even defeat a 16-win Suns team at home, but they were still able to roll over the Nuggets in dominant fashion. Those are the same Nuggets that have lost four of their last five games to the Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans.
They turned the ball over 18 times against the Warriors and shot 37.9 percent from the floor, including going 12-of-33 from 3-pointer. Guard Monte Morris helped carry the team off the bench with 17 points, six rebounds and two steals. Malik Beasley also had a big night with 17 points, while Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic finished with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals in the 122-105 loss.
- Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against teams with a road winning % of less than .400
- Nuggets are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games against teams in the NBA Northwest
- Nuggets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games
- Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in the previous game
- Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in the previous game.
- Timberwolves are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in the previous game.
- Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in the previous game.
- Timberwolves are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games