Free NBA Picks Today: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets 2/5/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets 2/5/23
Sun 5th February 2023

The Minnesota Timberwolves (28-27, 19-12 Home), one of the league’s top shooting teams, host the Denver Nuggets (37-16, 12-12 Away) on Sunday. Denver is playing on back-to-back days after outplaying the Atlanta Hawks 128-108 at Ball Arena yesterday, their third win in a row. Jamal Murray was a top performer with 41 points and seven assists.

The Nuggets are the first seed in the Western Conference, four games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies. Minnesota dropped their last game on Friday at Target Center, falling to the Orlando Magic 127-120. D’Angelo Russell had 29 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in defeat, carrying the team.

The Timberwolves are the seventh seed in the Western Conference. This is the final meeting of the season between the teams. Denver and Minnesota have split their two matchups this season. The Nuggets earned the win in the last meeting, beating the Timberwolves 122-118 at Ball Arena on January 18.

Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with a triple double, totaling 31 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds. Jaden McDaniels had 18 points in the losing effort. The Nuggets have been led this season by Jokic, who is averaging 24.8 points per game. Jokic also is contributing 11.3 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game, placing him sixth and second in the league, respectively.

Anthony Edwards (24.8 ppg) has supplied much of the T’Wolves’ offense. Rudy Gobert is collecting 11.6 rebounds per game, third-most in the league, and Russell is recording 6.2 assists. The Nuggets are shooting 50.9% from the field, ranking as the NBA’s most accurate field goal shooting team.

The Nuggets are 7-3 in the last 10 trips to Target Center. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are 4-3 when playing the second of a back-to-back this season and 4-2 in such games against rested opponents. The Timberwolves are 6-2 with a rest advantage.

In the last 10 games, Denver is 7-3 with an average margin of +6.6 (117.8-111.2). Minnesota has gone 6-4 over the last 10, scoring 116.2 points per game on average while allowing 114.2 (+2.0 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Jamal Murray: 43.5 | 30.2 | +13.3
Bones Hyland: 11.7 | 17.1 | -5.5
Points per game:
Jamal Murray: 32.0 | 20.2 | +11.8
Rebounds per game:
Nikola Jokic: 14.5 | 11.3 | +3.2
Michael Porter Jr.: 3.5 | 5.5 | -2.0


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Jaylen Nowell: 7.2 | 10.7 | -3.5

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Denver Nuggets (-115)

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