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NBA Betting Prediction: Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game 3 5/10/2024

Denver Nuggets (57-25) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (56-26)

The NBA West Semifinals heat up as the Denver Nuggets, boasting a strong 57-25 record, face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who narrowly trail with a 56-26 record. Set for Game 3 on Friday, May 10, 2024, the Timberwolves lead the series 2-0, adding extra pressure on the Nuggets to deliver. The match is set to take place at the bustling Target Center, with a wide audience expected on ESPN. Fans and bettors alike are keen on this matchup, making it a top live betting opportunity.

The Nuggets have displayed fabulous stats during the season, including a jaw-dropping average of 114.9 PPG and solid 49.6% field goal shooting. They not only make scoring but with the team still averaging 44.4 rebounds and 29.5 assists per game. This is evidence of a balanced offensive and defensive strategy. Nevertheless, their road record vs spread (17-23) reveals a possible chink in the team playing away from home, which they’ll need to fix in this critical away game.

However, the Timberwolves have managed to stay afloat with an average of 113 points per contest and a marginally better three-point shooting percentage standing at 38.7% only compared to Nuggets’ 37.4%. The number of offensive rebounds per game is 34.2, somewhat more than the 33.7 of Denver, which would, for sure, be a significant factor in slowing down the game and restricting the number of opportunities for the Nuggets to score a second point.


Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game Info

When: Friday, May 10, 2024 at 9:30 PM ET
Where: Target Center
Stream: NBA League Pass


Nikola Jokic (C) vs. Anthony Edwards (SG)

Nikola Jokic has been very great and excellent for the Nuggets and has made sure that he has been in all the 79 games this season by delivering an average of 26.4 points, 12. 4 rebounds, with 9 assists per game. With his force on both ends of the floor and a solid assist to turnover ratio of 3, he absolutely is the reason for Denver’s strive to turn this series around. On the other hand, he distributes the ball frequently, averaging 3.0 turnovers per game, which might be a weak point when facing a very aggressive Timberwolves defense.

Another player is Anthony Edwards, who is equally important for Timberwolves, with 25.9 points per game and noticeable rebounds and assists as part of the team as well. Athleticism and scoring are his go-to strategies which he utilizes to defeat Jokic during the game. Nevertheless, his single assist to turnover ratio (1.7) can also mean difficulty for him in a game of high defensive pressing.

When two of these important team members come into direct conflict, it is highly likely that they will have difficulty outplaying each other and this will, in turn, determine how the game is played. Jokic’s size as well as his passing ability could pose more problems for Edwards, and the other way round Edwards’ speed as well as agility will test Jokic’s defense.


NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD

As the betting odds and spreads are yet to be determined, the anticipation builds on how oddsmakers view the clash between these closely matched teams. The current series lead by the Timberwolves might influence the odds, making them slight favorites.


Denver Nuggets Betting Trends

The Nuggets have been very resilient, posting recently a 4-1 record overall and against the spread. The statistics that indicate the number of totals going over in 4 of the last 5 games of the team tells a story of high-scoring matches, which might still be the case given the team’s offensive capabilities.


Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends

In spite of having a lead in the series, the Timberwolves have had a hard time with the spread as they have gone 1-4 in the last 5 games. Here is an illustration of this flaw that the Nuggets can address, also the totals have gone OVER in four of their last five games showing that their games tend to have a lot of scoring.


Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 5/10/24 Betting Picks

Considering the series dynamics and statistical insights, the Nuggets might find their stride in Game 3 to narrow the series gap. Their strong offensive statistics and the need to bounce back make them a compelling pick. For prop bets, watching the over/under will be critical, especially with both teams trending towards high-scoring games.

This prediction sees the Nuggets making a strong statement in a must-win game, potentially making this one of the expert NBA West Semifinals picks.


Free Pick and Prediction: Denver Nuggets 112, Minnesota Timberwolves 109

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