By: Nathan Brinkman
The Timberwolves return to the Target Center to face the Denver Nuggets after defeating the Lakers on the road on Christmas day. The Wolves have been playing some improved basketball as of late and played a 10-man rotation for the first time in several games with the return of key reserve Nemanja Bjecila who missed the previous 15 games.
The Nuggets have been an improved basketball team this season despite an injury to key free agent signing Paul Millsap early in the season.The Nuggets hold the sixth slot in the Western Conference standings with a record of 19-15. Center Nikola Jokic has been a large reason for the team's success as he is averaging 16 points 10 rebounds and nearly five assists per contest. Jokic is one of the premier passing big men in the NBA.
What: Wolves vs. Nuggets
When: 7:00 PM CT
Where: Target Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Where to watch: Fox Sports North
Where to listen: 830 WCCO
What to watch for:
Jokic vs Towns: This is a matchup people around the league will be surely tuning in to see. Two of the best young big men in the NBA are facing off at the very beginning of their potentially storied careers. Karl-Anthony Towns got the edge in the first meeting between these two teams as he scored 25 points leading the Wolves to victory.
Jamal Crawford: J-Crossover was huge for the Wolves in their first contest against Denver, scoring 20 points off the bench. Crawford has been playing very well offensively as of late this has been instrumental in the Wolves' success as a team. Look for Crawford to be scoring in bunches off the bench once again in tonights game.
Rivalry: Both of these teams are fully aware of what is at stake in this game. The Wolves and Nuggets sit at fourth and sixth in the conference right now respectively. Both of these teams are also fighting for the division title, which neither has won in several years. The Nuggets are one of the Wolves truest rivals and expect a level of intensity to be present all game.
Minnesota: PG Jeff Teague, SG Jimmy Butler, SF Andrew Wiggins, PF Taj Gibson, C Karl-Anthony Towns
Denver: PG Jamaal Murray, SG Gary Harris, SF Wilson Chandler, PF Mason Plumlee, C Nikola Jokic
The Wolves have been playing very well lately, therefore I think they can pull this one out at home.
Wolves win 112-97.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the game. Go Wolves.