Wolves take on the surging Denver Nuggets tonight. 8:00 tip seen on My29 or heard on 830 WCCO. Apparently Denver is getting blasted by snow.
Safe travels to Wolves players and staff. They play back here in Minnesota tomorrow night. A postponement doesn’t seem unlikely if the weather in Colorado doesn’t calm down.
The game tonight? Well, the Wolves are still without Chase, Kevin, Andrei and Nik. They won their last one, but lost the 6 before that. Denver? They’re on a 7-game winning streak that included wins over the Thunder and Clippers. At home the Nuggets are as good as any team in basketball. They’ve got a 27-3 record at the Pepsi Center that is a half-game shy of Miami’s for the best home record in basketball. (Interestingly enough, the Wolves were one of the 3 teams to win at Denver already this year.) The gamblers have taken notice as the Wolves are a whopping 15.5-point underdogs.
In terms of what to look for tonight, Denver plays fast. They often send defenders (like Corey Brewer) out on leaks to steal quick buckets when the opponent isn’t expecting. They lead the NBA in fast break points per game (19.7). In order to have a chance tonight the Wolves will have to get back on D and capitalize on the opportunities that the Nuggets’ risky style sometimes presents. Should be interesting.