The Minnesota Timberwolves will look to pull off an upset as 8-point underdogs heading into Game 1 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena on Sunday, starting at 10:30 PM ET on TNT. The matchup’s over/under is set at 224.5.
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Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 8 points, with bookmakers listing the Nuggets as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Nuggets have -337 odds to pick up the win, while the Timberwolves are listed at +266 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 224.5 points.
Nuggets vs. Timberwolves Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Sunday, April 16, 2023
- Game Time: 10:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: TNT
- Location: Denver, Colorado
- Arena: Ball Arena
Nuggets vs. Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Nuggets are 44-36-2 against the spread this year. Denver has been chosen as the favorite in 61 games this year and has walked away with the win 43 times (70.5%) in those games. Nuggets games this year have hit the over on 37 of 82 set point totals.
Against the spread, the Timberwolves are 39-41-2 this year. Minnesota has won 48.8% of the games this season it was the underdog on the moneyline (21-22). The Timberwolves have eclipsed the over/under 45.1% of the time this year (37 of 82 games with a set point total).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
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Nuggets vs. Timberwolves Injury Report
Timberwolves: Naz Reid: Out (Wrist), Rudy Gobert: Questionable (Back), Jaden McDaniels: Out (Hand), Jaylen Nowell: Questionable (Knee)
What you need to know about the Denver Nuggets
Denver is scoring 115.8 points per game (12th-ranked in NBA) this season, while ceding 112.5 points per contest (eighth-ranked). The Nuggets are posting 119.4 points per game when playing at home. On the road, they are averaging 112.2 points per contest. The Nuggets have been scoring 109.7 points per game in their last 10 appearances, an average that’s a little lower than the 115.8 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign.
Denver ranks fourth-best in the NBA with a three-point shooting percentage of 37.9%. It ranks 18th in the league by sinking 11.8 threes per contest. The Nuggets are attempting 55.2 two-pointers per game this season, which account for 63.9% of the shots they’ve taken (and 72.9% of the team’s baskets). Meanwhile, they are attempting 31.2 threes per contest, which are 36.1% of their shots (and 27.1% of the team’s buckets).
What you need to know about the Minnesota Timberwolves
With 115.8 points scored per game and 115.8 points conceded, Minnesota is 12th in the league on offense and 18th defensively. The Timberwolves average 115.9 points per game at home, and 115.6 on the road. The Timberwolves are posting 115 points per contest in their past 10 games, which is 0.8 fewer points than their average for the season (115.8).
With 12.2 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 36.5% from beyond the arc, Minnesota is 13th and 13th in the NBA, respectively, in those categories. In 2022-23, the Timberwolves have taken 61.9% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 38.1% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 71.6% of the Timberwolves’ buckets have been 2-pointers, and 28.4% have been 3-pointers.
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