Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA Playoffs game on TNT. After a 29 point win in Game 1, Denver hopes to go up 2-0 against the Minnesota Timberwolves as the two teams lock horns once again at Ball Arena. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Game 1 of this series was the most lopsided one in the entire playoffs as the Nuggets ran the Timberwolves out of their building 109-80. The defense was finally clicking and it looked like the one we were used to seeing during the regular season. Minnesota shot just 37% from the field and 30% from three, while also making just 56% of their free throws.
It was just the perfect game from Denver, the highest scoring quarter for Minnesota was just 23 points. All 5 Nuggets starters also scored in double figures and none of them played more than 33 minutes, so they should all be fresh for Game 2 tonight. So far in 3 meetings at Ball Arena this season, Denver has won all 3 games and has looked very impressive while doing so. They are 9-2 SU in the last 11 vs Minnesota at home.
The Timberwolves have Rudy Gobert and Jaylen Nowell both on the injury report ahead of this game, so it’s unclear what kind of team we’ll see in tonight’s game. The one we saw on Sunday looked more like a G-League team which was disappointing to a lot of people after their impressive win over OKC in the play-in game.
The Timberwolves open as 8.5 point underdogs here, they’ve been able to cover the spread in 6 of the last 8 meetings vs the Nuggets, so maybe they can find a way to keep tonight’s game close. It will depend on the status of Anthony Edwards who is dealing with a shoulder injury, there were some encouraging signs in Game 1 as he put up a team high 18 points in the loss.
Denver spent the last month of the regular season preparing for this moment and they look invincible right now. Winning the first game by 29 points has sent out a clear message they are ready for big things this season. I’m expecting another double-digit win here, so let’s back the Nuggets to cover.
Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions & Odds
Game 1 didn’t live up to expectations scoring wise, mostly because the Timberwolves weren’t able to get going at any point during the game. That was a big surprising as the last 10 meetings between the two teams have averaged 229.1 points per game with the over cashing 6 times. However, this is the postseason and the game has slowed down significantly.
Recent trends are also indicating that might be the case in Game 2 as well. Minnesota is just 1-6 on the O/U in their last 7 games, while the Nuggets have gone under in 12 of their last 14 games overall. That includes 5 straight games at Ball Arena and 6 of their last 8 vs Western Conference opponents. With Minnesota also cashing on the under in 5 of 6 vs West teams, I’m taking the under here as the most reasonable bet to place.