Preview: Minnesota At Denver

When: 9:00 PM  ET, Friday, December 26, 2014
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
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MIN Edge in: DEN
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The Denver Nuggets are suddenly having trouble scoring points and are hoping a return home can end their latest slide. The Nuggets will try to avoid a third straight loss when they host the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. The Timberwolves have dropped six in a row and are just the team to help Denver out of its offensive slump due to a defense that is still coming together.

Minnesota has allowed an average of 109.8 points in the last six games and began its four-game road trip with a 125-104 setback at Cleveland on Tuesday. The Timberwolves are having fewer problems on the offensive end, where increases in playing time are paying off for youngsters Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng. Denver won its first game this month to improve to 9-8 but has since dropped nine of 12 heading into a stretch of three straight home games finishing out the year.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), Altitude (Denver)

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (5-22):
Minnesota traded away Corey Brewer last week and is missing veterans Ricky Rubio (ankle), Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (wrist), leaving plenty of minutes for the rest of a young roster. Wiggins scored 27 points in first meeting with the team that made him the No. 1 overall pick in June before trading him away, two away from matching his season high. Muhammad moved into the starting lineup with Brewer gone and is averaging 22.8 points and six rebounds over the last five games.

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (12-17):
Denver squeezed out a 76-73 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday but could not match that defensive effort in losses at Charlotte and Brooklyn, squandering a fourth-quarter lead in the 102-96 setback against the Nets. The lone bright spot on the brief road trip came from point guard Ty Lawson, who pulled out of a shooting slump. Lawson collected 29 points and nine assists in the loss at Brooklyn and is 18-of-35 from the floor over the last two games after averaging 10.8 points on 34.1 percent shooting in the previous four contests.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Lawson averaged 22.7 points on 51.1 percent shooting in three games against the Timberwolves last season.

2. Minnesota F Thaddeus Young is struggling to 16-of-46 from the field over the last three games.

3. Denver F Darrell Arthur (lower leg) has missed the last four games and remains day-to-day.

PREDICTION:
Nuggets 108, Timberwolves 103

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Minnesota 5-22 L6 3-11 2-11 0-0 5-22 1-2 2-13
Denver 12-17 L2 8-6 4-11 0-3 12-14 2-4 6-10

Last Meeting

Minnesota Denver
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/3/14 MIN 132 DEN 128 132 50 47.5 128 41 52.6

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIN K. Love 33 47.6 11
DEN T. Lawson 31 68.8 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIN K. Love 19 3 16
DEN W. Chandler 10 1 9
Assists Player  
MIN J. Barea 5
DEN T. Lawson 11
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIN S. Muhammad 396 49.5 84
DEN A. Afflalo 489 44.2 87
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIN G. Dieng 262 104 158
DEN T. Mozgov 279 90 189
Assists Player  
MIN M. Williams 156
DEN T. Lawson 327

Quickchart Matchup

Minnesota  Off vs  Denver Def
98.4 Points For
104.0 Points Against
43.7 FG%
44.8 FG%
41.0 Reb
43.8 Reb
Denver Off vs  Minnesota Def
101.3 Points For
109.0 Points Against
43.1 FG%
49.8 FG%
43.8 Reb
43.0 Reb

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Minnesota Overall Denver
5-22 W/L 12-17
8-18-1 ATS 11-16-2
16-10-1 O/U 11-16-2
98.4 Pts For 101.3
109.0 Pts Against 104.0
Minnesota A/H Denver
2-11 W/L 8-6
3-9-1 ATS 7-5-2
9-3-1 O/U 7-6-1
101.1 Pts For 104.3
115.7 Pts Against 100.9