DEN vs MIN Dream11: With COVID-19 and injuries both clasping NBA in its grasp, the NBA prediction scenario has also taken a hit. Anyway, in this game, the Denver Nuggets test out the Minnesota Timberwolves in a typical Western Conference affair. Nuggets are a game above the 50% win mark while Minnesota is three games below it, having lost five of the last six games.
Denver has kept the fight up largely due to the all-around shenanigans of their Center Nikola Jokic. True, Nikola provides a lot of lift on both ends of the floor but other role players like Morris, Gordon, and Barton have come up with big-time games every now and then. Whatever the records says, Nikola has played like an MVP once again.
Timberwolves have lost a bit of steam this month and their defense has not shown up for some time. This is surprising since the team was one of the best perimeter defensive units early in the season but now teams are making money from beyond the arc against them. Minnesota will need to fix its defense or the squad will stare at another losing season.
Host: Denver Nuggets
Visitors: Minnesota Timberwolves
Match Timing: 16 December, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Ball Center
NBA Projections, Stats, & Analysis
Nuggets: They are holding on
Nikola Jokic provides a huge lift in the middle, scrapping around 25-30 points, 10-15 rebounds, and 8-12 assists on a regular. Nuggets run the offense through him, feeding him in the post, where he can show his face-up, low-post, or off-the-dribble game while passing the ball around at a high clip. This type of play benefits scorers like Morris, Gordon, and Barton who can either find openings off the dribble on the perimeter or can slash to the rim for easy finishes. Denver runs a methodical offense through Jokic who is also the lifeline on the defensive end with his size and grit. When will Murray return! We haven’t seen him for more than half a year now.
Timberwolves: Lack of depth
If a team like Nuggets lacks depth at this point, it is understandable, two of their star players and one of their key bench players are hurt. But what about Minnesota? The team has been largely healthy considering the pandemic scenario. What has that translated to! Not much, the team has two 20+ points scorers in Karl and Anthony Edwards, a 17-19 points scorer with Russell, Malik Beasley is the only other double-digit scorer but forget the offense, it is the defense that is holding this young team back. Can Patrick Beverley inject some life into this wayward unit?
Denver Nuggets | Minnesota Timberwolves
Games: 27| 27
Wins: 14| 12
Defeats: 13| 15
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets NBA Live, Team News and Lineups
Denver Nuggets Team News
- Jamal Murray is still progressing from his knee injury and is not expected to be back soon. He will be OUT for this game.
- Michael Porter Jr. is OUT for this game and potentially out for the season.
- PJ Dozier is OUT indefinitely.
- JaMychal Green is OUT indefinitely.
- Austin Rivers is PROBABLE for the game
- Will Barton is PROBABLE for the game
Nuggets Expected Starting Five
Forwards: PF: Aaron Gordon SF: Jeff Green
Middle: C: Nikola Jokic
Guards: SG: Will Barton PG: Monte Morris
BENCH: Markus Howard, Zeke Nnaji, Petr Cornelie, Bones Hyland, Davon Reed, Matt Ryan, Facundo Campazzo.
Minnesota Timberwolves Teams News:
- No injuries have been reported so far.
Timberwolves Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Anthony Edwards
Middle: PF: Jarred Vanderbilt, C: Karl Anthony Towns
Guards: SG: Patrick Beverley, PG: D’Angelo Russell
BENCH: Malik Beasley, Josh Okogie, Naz Reid, Jaden McDaniels, Jordan McLaughlin, Taurean Prince, Jaylen Novell, Nathan Knight, Jake Layman.
NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks
Towns is a vital presence in the middle for the Timberwolves as he is a dependable scoring and rebounding option. The big has lodged 20-24 points and 9-13 rebounds range consistently. He is an option for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-51
Jokic is one of the most exceptional bigs to play the game and has given the Nuggets a ton of boost. The reigning MVP can get up for 20-30 points, 10-20 rebounds, and 8-12 assists along with 1-2 blocks or steals on a regular basis. Usually, he is the clear-cut favorite for the Star-Player in the Dream11 NBA scene.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-65
Anthony has become a superb wing scorer and has helped Minnesota’s cause quite a bit on the offensive end. He has scored 20 or more in most of the games this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-40
Monte is a sharpshooter from the long-range and his role has extended due to the injury galore that the Nuggets are suffering. He has done a brilliant job as the point guard, scoring 19 or more in half of the eight games this month, also lodging five or more assists in the same number of games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-38
Russell is a crucial part of the Timberwolves set-up for his ability to shoot from long-range and also dishing off assists. D’Angelo has figured in the 17-19 points, 5-7 assists range repeatedly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-40
Aaron has been a welcoming presence for the Denver Nuggets as he has contributed with big games every now and then. The Forward is here and there offensively, sometimes scoring below 10, sometimes above 10, and sometimes even in the 20s. Truly, it is difficult to predict what the Forward will bring to the table!
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-41
DEN vs MIN Dream11 Lineup Balancers
- Jeff Green(DEN) had 13 points, 5 rebounds in the last game.
- JaMychal Green(DEN) had 9 points, 1 rebound in the last game.
- Patrick Beverley(MIN) bagged 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals in the last game.
- Jaden McDaniels(MIN) scooped up 10 points, 7 rebounds in the last game.
- Jarred Vanderbilt(MIN) scooped up 14 points, 8 rebounds, `3 steals in the last game.
- Facundo Campazzo(DEN) had 8 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals in the last game.
- Bones Hyland(DEN) had 6 points, 2 rebounds in the last game.
- Jaylen Nowell(MIN) scooped up 5 points, 1 rebound, `3 assists in the last game.
DEN vs MIN Dream11 Team
PG: D Russell, M Morris, F Campazzo
SG: J Nowell
SF: D Reed
PF: J Vanderbilt
C: N Jokic(SP), K Towns(PP)
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