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Nuggets Have Been Struggling Mightily vs Northwest Division Foes

The Minnesota Timberwolves are loaded with young talent everywhere you look, but it’s Jimmy Butler who’s been taking the team to new heights in the 2017-18 campaign. The ex-Chicago Bull is averaging 25.8 points in December while shooting 49.4 percent from the field, and the Wolves will be once again leaning on him against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

Xbet opened the Nuggets as 2-point home favorites with a total of 217.

Shark Bites
  • The Timberwolves are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games on the road after covering in their most recent road game.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Nuggets’ last five games at home against teams with winning records.
  • The Timberwolves are 10-31 SU in their last 41 games against the Nuggets.

Winners of four of their last five, the Timberwolves look like a playoff-bound team, which is especially huge considering the franchise hasn’t appeared in the postseason since 2003-04. Minny is occupying the fourth spot in the Western Conference and the Nuggets are 1 1/2 games behind them after dropping five of their last eight contests.

Despite the Nuggets’ recent slide, there have been some bright spots for the club. For starters, Trey Lyles has played very well over his last five games by averaging 17.6 points and shooting a sizzling 64 percent from the floor. Guard Gary Harris leads the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game and is averaging 20.6 and shooting 50 percent in the past five games.

After dropping five straight to Denver, the Timberwolves have bounced back in the form of two straight wins vs their Western Conference rivals. Denver hasn’t been getting the job done against divisional opponents lately. In the Nuggets’ last nine vs the Northwest Division, they’re 2-7 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Denver Nuggets were listed earlier as 3.5-point favorites on the betting oddsboard at Bovada. Those betting on the total OVER/UNDER for points scored have seen that line set at 218.5 for Wednesday at shops such as MyBookie.

OddsShark score prediction models pick a 111-103 result in favor of the Nuggets today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Denver Nuggets bring a 16-14 record (13-16-1 ATS) to the battle against the 18-13 Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 12-17-2 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen the Nuggets go 14-16 so far and the Timberwolves go 16-14-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Denver vs Minnesota injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Nuggets rated this week at No. 6 and the Timberwolves sitting at No. 8.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Denver's No. 7-rated NBA squad against Minnesota's No. 22-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Denver rates No. 9 in the league with 11.27 treys per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 29 with 8.13 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Trail Blazers were burned for 37 points by Jimmy Butler on Monday as the Timberwolves picked up a 108-107 win at Target Center.

The Nuggets endured a 95-94 loss at the hands of the Thunder on Monday, despite a 17-point effort from Gary Harris at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games
  • Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Denver is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Denver is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota at Phoenix, Saturday, December 23
Denver at Portland, Friday, December 22