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Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game 3: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The Denver Nuggets are 2-0 down to the Minnesota Timberwolves following an embarrassing Game 2 blowout at home.

The defending champions head to Minnesota to face a team who is 6-0 in the postseason so far, but can newly-crowned MVP Nikola Jokic keep his team alive in this series? 

Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game 3 betting picks and predictions

Minnesota Timberwolves Over 104.5 Points (-115)

Minnesota has completely shut down Denver in both games in this series, winning 106-99 in Game 1 before enjoying an incredible 106-80 victory earlier this week. Both of those games were played at high altitude in Colorado, but that didn’t faze the visiting Timberwolves one bit.

If Denver is going to get back in this series, it’ll be down to its offense clicking. The Nuggets need Jamal Murray back to his best and a more engaged Jokic to push the Timberwolves in Game 3. At the other end of the court, Denver lacks the defensive options to shut down the Timberwolves.

The Nuggets have cycled through matchups for Anthony Edwards to no avail, while they lack perimeter defenders to put on Minnesota’s wings. The likes of Jaden McDaniels, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kyle Anderson pose the Nuggets a problem. The height of Minnesota’s towering first-choice frontcourt is also an issue.

Denver may push the hosts as it scraps to avoid a defeat which would essentially end hopes of retaining the title. However, the Nuggets will only do that by stepping up offensively. The Timberwolves will still get plenty of joy going forward, so back them to clear 104.5 points for the 12th consecutive game. 

Jamal Murray Under 20.5 Points (-120)

This has been a tough postseason for Murray, who has been carrying a calf injury throughout that has limited his ability to train in between games. The injury clearly impacted him during the LA Lakers series, despite the point guard producing some big shots to send LA packing.

However, Murray can’t seem to find as much joy against a Timberwolves side who lack any real defensive weak link. Minnesota has made life tough for the hobbled Murray, who has made just nine of his 32 shots in the series.

Not only is Murray missing shots, but with his dynamism limited he’s struggling to create openings. He averaged 24 shots per game in the Lakers series, but he had only 14 shots in Game 1 of this series and 18 shots in Game 2.

Murray’s opportunities are limited and he’s not fit enough to make the shots he is getting. Frustration got the better of him in the last game where he posted just eight points and following that he’s worth getting against to clear 20 points in Game 3.

Timberwolves to win and Both Teams to Score 100 Points (+240)

Denver has been shellshocked throughout this series, but it seemed like Minnesota’s adjustment to losing Rudy Gobert in the last game really stopped the Nuggets in their tracks. The Frenchman is set to return for Game 3 and while he did just win Defensive Player of the Year, the center makes Minnesota’s defense less fluid.

It’s a tall order to hold Denver under 100 points three games in a row and there should be a rally here from Jokic. The Nuggets did get to 99 points in Game 1 and the loss of Reggie Jackson during Game 2 hurt them offensively.

Denver are expected to be stronger in Game 3 with its postseason hopes on the line, so back them to clear 100 points in a defeat.

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Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game 3 odds

DEN Nuggets

+155 ML

MIN Timberwolves

-190 ML

Spread

MIN -4.5

Total Points

O/U 204.5

Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game 3 player props

Player Points

Nikola Jokic

O/U 28.5

Anthony Edwards

O/U 27.5

Jamal Murray

O/U 20.5

Karl-Anthony Towns 

O/U 19.5

Michael Porter Jr

O/U 16.5

Aaron Gordon

O/U 12.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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