Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s NBA Playoffs game on NBA TV. The Nuggets have a chance to become the first Western Conference team to advance in the postseason as they host Minnesota holding a 3-1 lead. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The Nuggets wasted a 43 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists game from Nikola Jokic as they failed to sweep the Timberwolves in Game 4 at Target Center. Now they return to Ball Arena where they were 34-7 SU during the regular season and have beaten Minnesota by 29 and 9 points in the opening 2 games of this series.
The oddsmakers have the Nuggets favored by 9.5 points here, that’s pretty realistic considering they’ve won 10 of the last 12 meetings between the two teams in this building. With Denver going up against Phoenix most likely in the next series, it would be huge for this team to close out the series tonight which could potentially lead to a couple of extra days of rest, assuming the Suns don’t eliminate the Clippers tonight.
The Timberwolves didn’t have much to lose in Game 4, Anthony Edwards stepped up with 34 points and delivered on his promise that they would not get swept after the Game 3 loss. Rudy Gobert also played a solid game with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns took just 9 shots total in the victory.
No team has ever come back in the NBA postseason from a 3-1 deficit, with all due respect to Minnesota I highly doubt they will be the first team to do that. It’s been an okay season for them, this appears to be their maximum at the moment, so it’ll be an interesting summer for their GM as they try to make additional moves to improve the roster. They’ll be without Kyle Anderson here as he joins Naz Reid and Jaden McDaniels on the sidelines with an eye injury.
The Nuggets are just a better team all-around, this will be their 2nd opportunity to close out the series and I think they’ll deliver in front of the home fans. Nikola Jokic is playing at an exceptional level right now Minnesota is just unable to do anything about him. Take the Nuggets at home.
Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions & Odds
At 221 points the projected total for tonight’s game has been exceeded in 3 of the 4 games played so far, so the oddsmakers are feeling very generous here. I think Minnesota will try to push the tempo, after all they have nothing to lose here so why not try and go out with a bang? The over has been a popular bet in head-to-head meetings with 8 of the last 11 games cashing on it.
An average of 234.7 points per game has been scored in the last 10 meetings, so things are looking bright for all of those fans who enjoy watching offense. Minnesota plays the 7th fastest pace this season averaging 101.5 possessions per game, combine that with Denver’s 5th best offensive efficiency in the league and we have ourselves a high scoring output by both sides. Let’s back the over.