Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets Prediction NBA Picks 5/4/24

Denver Nuggets (61-26) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (60-26)

Game Info: Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets -4.5 / Minnesota Timberwolves +4.5 --- Over/Under: 209.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets meet Saturday in game 1 West NBA Playoffs Second Round action at the Ball Arena. Here’s a Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets Prediction.

Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Preview

The Minnesota Timberwolves are coming off a sweep of the Suns and will play their first game in 6 days. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 118.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Anthony Edwards is averaging 31 points and 8 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 19.3 points and 2.5 assists. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Jaden McDaniels is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 86 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.

Denver Nuggets Betting Preview

The Denver Nuggets are coming off a 5-game series over the Lakers and will play for the first time since Monday. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 108.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 49.2 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 28.2 points and 16.2 rebounds, while Jamal Murray is averaging 23.6 points and 4.6 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 9.8 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 86.1 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets Injury Report

The Timberwolves will continue to be without Jaylen Clark, who hasn’t played since November due to an Achilles injury. The Nuggets will continue to be without Vlatko Cancar, who hasn’t played since November due to a knee injury.

Denver Nuggets Player Facts

  • Nikola Jokic is one of only two qualified players in the league averaging at least 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists this season.
  • Jamal Murray ranks 10th amongst qualified players for 3P% (42.5%) this season.

Minnesota Timberwolves Player Facts

  • Rudy Gobert ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (12.9) this season.
  • Mike Conley ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for 3P% (44.2%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Nuggets rank 30th in the league for three-point field goal attempts per game this season (31.2).
  • The Nuggets rank 1st in the league for Q1 opponent points per game this season (26.5).
  • The Timberwolves rank 1st in the league for opponent points per game this season (106.5).
  • The Timberwolves rank 1st in the league for opponent field goal percentage this season (45.0%).

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets Prediction

The Denver Nuggets are going to get the benefit of the doubt because they're the defending champs, they're favored to come out of the West, and they're at home where they've won 36 games. With that said, points with the Minnesota Timberwolves are hard to pass up given how well they played against the Suns. And while the Suns are the Suns, the Timberwolves size and defensive ability is a problem, and they match up well with the Nuggets because of it. There's also the Anthony Edwards factor, and the young superstar appears to be on a mission. This has a chance to be the best series in the NBA playoffs, and I'm interested in grabbing points wherever I can get them. In game 1 that's with the Timberwolves. Give me the points.

Randy’s Pick Minnesota Timberwolves +4.5

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