Jokic and the Nuggets face the Timberwolves

December 14, 2021 GMT

Minnesota Timberwolves (12-15, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (14-13, eighth in the Western Conference)

Denver; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic leads Denver into a matchup with Minnesota. He currently ranks fifth in the NBA averaging 26.5 points per game.

The Nuggets have gone 8-7 against Western Conference opponents. Denver has a 3-1 record in games decided by less than 4 points.

The Timberwolves are 8-9 in Western Conference play. Minnesota has a 2-2 record in one-possession games.

The teams meet for the second time this season. In the last matchup on Oct. 31 the Nuggets won 93-91 led by 26 points from Jokic, while Malik Beasley scored 18 points for the Timberwolves.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jokic is averaging 26.5 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists for the Nuggets. Monte Morris is averaging 15.7 points over the last 10 games for Denver.

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D’Angelo Russell is averaging 19 points and 6.4 assists for the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 25.2 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nuggets: 5-5, averaging 111.3 points, 38.6 rebounds, 28.0 assists, 7.3 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.2 points per game.

Timberwolves: 4-6, averaging 109.7 points, 45.0 rebounds, 22.0 assists, 7.7 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 42.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.8 points.

INJURIES: Nuggets: PJ Dozier: out (acl), JaMychal Green: out (ankle), Will Barton: out (illness), Michael Porter Jr.: out for season (back), Austin Rivers: out (health and safety protocols), Jamal Murray: out (knee).

Timberwolves: None listed.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.