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#549 Minnesota Timberwolves 225.5 vs.
#550 Denver Nuggets -12.5
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 6:05pm EST
Pepsi Center, Denver
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets

Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

When: Sunday, February 23, 6:00 PM. ET.

The Denver Nuggets will be trying to increase their lead in the Northwest Division standings when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

Timberwolves Trying To Snap Seven-Game Road Losing Streak

The Timberwolves have struggled this season, but they have played worse on the road, winning only nine of the 26 games they have played away from the Target Center. They will be trying to snap their seven-game road losing streak and pick up their 10th road win of the year when they face the Nuggets on Sunday.

Minnesota has played well offensively, averaging 112.4 points per game. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. They finished with 126 points the last time they were on the road and will need a similar performance on Sunday if they want to beat the Nuggets.

Karl-Anthony Towns leads the way for the Timberwolves with 26.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. D'Angelo Russell, who was acquired at the trade deadline, is averaging 24 points and eight assists per game, while Malik Beasley is averaging 22 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota hasn’t played well defensively, giving up 115.9 points per game. They gave up 137 points in their last road game and will need to play significantly better to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Nuggets Trying To Stay Hot at Home

The Nuggets had their four-game home winning streak snapped by the Los Angeles Lakers before the All-Star break and will be trying to bounce back from the loss when they play their first home game of the second half against the Timberwolves on Sunday by picking up their fifth home win in their last six games.

Denver has struggled offensively this season, averaging 110.4 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. They finished with 116 points the last time they played at home and will need a similar performance on Sunday if they want to beat the Timberwolves.

Nikola Jokic leads the way for the Nuggets with 20.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game. Jamal Murray is averaging 18.9 points and 4.8 assists per game, while Will Barton is averaging 15.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Nuggets.

Denver is one of the best defensive teams in the league, giving up 106.7 points per game. They gave up 120 points in their last home game and will need to play significantly better to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Nuggets have played well defensively, holding opponents to 106.7 points per game. They have played better at home, giving up 104.7 points per game and will frustrate the Timberwolves, who are averaging 112.4 points per game and have lost their last seven road games. The Timberwolves haven’t played well defensively, giving up 115.9 points per game. They have given up 123.5 points per game in their last four games and will struggle to slow down the Nuggets, who are averaging 110.4 points per game and 117 points per game in their last five games. The Nuggets have also done a better job finding the open shooter, averaging 26.5 assists per game to Minnesota’s 23.7 assists per game. With the Nuggets winning the last seven games between the two teams, Denver is the best bet.

Prediction: Denver Nuggets

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The Timberwolves aren’t very good defensively, giving up 115.9 points per game. They have given up 123.5 points per game in their last three games and will be playing the second game of their back-to-back and will allow the Nuggets, who are averaging 117 points per game in their last five games, to go over their season average. Denver is usually a good defensive team, holding opponents to 110.4 points per game. They have struggled in recent games, giving up 108.4 points per game and will struggle to contain the Timberwolves, who are averaging 121 points per game in their last five games. With both teams struggling defensively and playing on consecutive nights, they will go over the total in this game.

Prediction: Over

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Timberwolves will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Nuggets in the first half of their last three games, averaging 74 points per game while the Nuggets average 54.3 points per game.

Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Nuggets and Timberwolves are averaging 128.3 combined points per game the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.