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NBA: Denver Nuggets @ Minnesota Timberwolves preview

There are six games in the NBA on Sunday including a key battle in the Western Conference as Minnesota Timberwolves entertain leaders Denver Nuggets for the first in two consecutive meetings between these teams.

The pair are due to meet again in Denver on Tuesday in what will be their final regular season clash, with the two sides managing one win each after the first two games.

Denver go into the game seeking a fourth straight win, while Minnesota are finishing a six-game run at the Target Center and if they do secure a victory on Sunday they will finish that homestand with 4-2 record.

Minnesota have picked up notable wins over Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings during their run of home games, the two teams who sit second and third in the West, as well as champions Golden State Warriors, but they did suffer a surprise loss to Eastern Conference strugglers Orlando Magic last time out and will be looking to bounce back when the Nuggets visit.

WhatDenver Nuggets @ Minnesota Timberwolves
WhereTarget Center, Minneapolis
When00:00 Monday 6th February 2023
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, NBA League Pass 
OddsDenver Nuggets 1/1 Money Line, Minnesota Timberwolves 5/6

MVP Jokic leading Denver charge

The Nuggets lead the way in the West with a 37-16 overall record, four-and-a-half games clear of closest rivals Memphis, and two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic has been crucial to their success this season.

The Serbian center is the current frontrunner in this season's MVP race and is 5/7 to win the award for a third consecutive year, and he has been in fine form of late.

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Jokic is on course to average a triple-double season, which would make him just the third player to do so, with 24.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 10.1 assists.

The 27-year-old is rated as a slight injury concern due to a hamstring problem that has seen him miss three of the Nuggets' last seven games, but he played for 34 minutes in the 20-point win over Atlanta Hawks last time out and recorded his third consecutive triple-double with 14 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists so in all likelihood he will play on Sunday.

Murray providing Jokic support

Jokic isn't the only Denver player in form and their offense has really clicked into gear over the course of their last three games, as they have scored 384 points in those three fixtures.

Guard Jamal Murray, who missed last season with an ACL injury, scored a season-high 41 points in the win over the Hawks and has been deadly from three-point range, going 17-35 from beyond the arc over the last three games.

With Murray, Jokic and Michael Porter Jr all in form, Denver have a chance to claim a first ever championship this season but they face a test against the Wolves on Sunday.

Playoff target for Minnesota

The Timberwolves reached the playoffs via the play-in tournament last season but will feel they have the quality to secure a top six spot and automatic postseason qualification this year after some strong recruitment, including the capture of three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert from Utah Jazz.

Minnesota currently sit in seventh spot in the West with a 28-27 record but have been improving and are 9-6 over their last 15 games.

After initially struggling at home, the Target Center has become a bit of a fortress for the Timberwolves with 10 wins in their last 13 home games - a run that started with a 124-111 win over the Nuggets in early January.

Suspended Rivers misses Nuggets reunion

The Timberwolves will be without former Denver guard Austin Rivers on Sunday and for the following two games after he was suspended for his involvement in an incident in the third quarter of the defeat to Orlando.

Minnesota also remain without starting center Karl Anthony-Towns due to a calf injury that has seen him sidelined since the end of November. The 27-year-old is thought to be close to making a return but Sunday's game will come too soon for KAT.

Kyle Anderson, Bryn Forbes and Taurean Prince are all concerns, while Jordan McLaughlin will definitely sit out for the hosts with a calf issue of his own.

Starting forward Aaron Gordon is rated as questionable for the Nuggets with an ankle issue and reserve forward Jack White won't be involved.

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