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
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
Denver Nuggets Team News
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:
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.
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
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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