Defending Champion Nuggets Visit the Defensively Dominant Timberwolves

Nuggets vs Timberwolves NBA Odds, Matchup and More

Buckle up because we have a battle of two powerhouses this Tuesday! Nikola Jokic (the favorite to win MVP at -275), and the defending champion Denver Nuggets will visit the Land of 10,000 Lakes and see if their smooth offense can outmaneuver Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert-led league-best defense (Gobert is the heavy favorite to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year at -600).

The Nuggets vs Timberwolves NBA odds opened at Denver -4 with a total set at 213.5. Minnesota is on the second game of a back-to-back after beating the Jazz on Monday, which gives Denver the edge on the road.

Let’s examine some matchup data and trends for Nuggets vs Timberwolves NBA odds and see what we can find about this postseason NBA bracket rematch.

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Day/Time:
Records: Nuggets (47-21)/Timberwolves (47-21)
Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Streaming: NBA TV, Bally Sports North, Altitude

Sweet Like Big Honey

The Nuggets are currently top ten in both offensive and defensive ratings and have gone 8-2 in their last ten NBA games. They haven’t shined as some thought they would following their championship, but have stepped up to win most of their big games this season.

Just in the last few weeks, they have signature wins including two 2023 NBA Finals rematches with Miami and against this year’s championship favorite, Boston Celtics.

To keep the good times rolling this Tuesday, the Nuggets will (as always) lean on the basketball genius that is Nikola “Big Honey” Jokic.

The Serbian is having another MVP-caliber season, sitting in the top ten in Player Impact Estimate, Offensive Rating, Rebound Percentage and much more. If Gobert plays, he will be facing arguably his most difficult defender.

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In Jokic’s last ten games vs Gobert, he has averaged 24.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 9.3 assists.

If Gobert is patrolling the paint, we don’t expect Jokic to command his normal share of double-teams, which may affect his assist opportunities. Jokic has gone under on assists in seven of his last ten games and only notched three assists in the Nuggets and Wolves’ first meeting this season.

Look at Jokic’s assist total for a possible prop bet on Tuesday. If Gobert misses the game completely, look at Jokic’s points, rebounds, and assists prop.

Never Fear, ANT is Here!

People are starting to talk about Minnesota. What started as an early season surprise has become Minnesota’s coming out party as regular season elites. The Wolves have stayed at the top of the NBA Western Conference standings while boasting the league’s top defense almost all year.

Now, without their All-Star and fan-favorite podcast guest Karl Anthony-Towns, they will look to hold onto their playoff positioning and prepare for a deep playoff run.

As of Monday, the Wolves have survived in their last five games without Towns going 3-2. Their budding superstar, Anthony Edwards has been the offensive force for Minnesota since losing Towns.

In his last five games, he is averaging 28.8 points and 7.4 rebounds, up from his NBA season averages of 26.5 points and 5.4 rebounds. Without Towns look at Edwards’ points or rebounds prop bets for some possible value.

Another beneficiary of Towns’ absence is backup big man Naz Reid. He has been a scoring machine. As of Monday, he is averaging 20.8 points per game in his last five games (hitting the over in three of his last four). Look at Reid’s points prop to see if he is still being undervalued by oddsmakers.

Rudy, We Need You

The Nuggets vs Timberwolves NBA odds opened with Denver as five-point favorites on the road. With Rudy Gobert being a late scratch in the Wolves game on Monday, it makes sense that the Nuggets are given a strong edge. If Gobert is set to miss Tuesday’s game as well, we like the Nuggets.

NBA games today don’t always have extra hype behind them, but this one does. These NBA teams faced off in the first round of last year’s playoffs and many argue the Timberwolves put up as strong of a showing against the Nuggets as anyone.

Tuesday will be an opportunity for the Wolves to prove that theory correct as well as a chance for the Nuggets to silence anyone who thinks their championship run was anything less than dominant.

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