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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

Saturday night brings the opening game in a highly-anticipated series between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the defending champions Denver Nuggets.

The NBA playoffs are a test of matchups and there may not be a more intriguing clash of lineups than this one.

While both sides cruised through their opening series, they’re gearing up for a heavyweight encounter between two sides who were neck-and-neck throughout the regular season. 

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1 betting picks and predictions

Over 209 Points - -110

The points line for this one has been set quite low, which is likely down to the fact that the Timberwolves were the best defensive side in the regular season.

However, no matter how good this team is on that end of the court, there’s no real answer for Nikola Jokic. The Timberwolves can slow him down, but he’s still going to rack up points and assists.

The Nuggets also have some solid contributors in their rotation, while even a hobbled Jamal Murray posted over 20 points in all five games in the last round, finishing with a 32-point game to eliminate the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Timberwolves blew the Phoenix Suns away in a 4-0 series sweep with Anthony Edwards enjoying a breakout display. Minnesota coach Chris Finch has worked out some good combination for their supporting cast, who should have a big impact on this series given the questionable defensive depth Denver possess.

The Timberwolves will get a lot their way going forward, so two-time MVP Nikola Jokic is going to need to step up and force the issue for the hosts. That should see this clash clear a relatively low 209 points mark.

Jaden McDaniels over 9.5 points - -110

Edwards’ brilliant displays in the first round mean the Nuggets can no longer just assign a solid perimeter defender to the 2020 top pick.

Edwards is the main man for Minnesota and that should see an adjustment for the Nuggets from the regular season clashes with the pair.

With Anthony Gordon likely getting the Edwards assignment and Jokic taking one of the Timberwolves’ huge centers, the champions quickly start running out of options to cover the Timberwolves’ supporting cast.

McDaniels erupted for 25 and 18 points in Game 2 and Game 4 against the Suns and he’ll have the height and strength advantage on whoever the Nuggets assign to him.

He should benefit from Edwards being forced off the ball by Gordon, so over 9.5 points for McDaniels is a great line that he’s capable of clearing. 

Minnesota Timberwolves 1st Quarter Moneyline - +125

The Nuggets were always expected to beat the Lakers, but the nature of their victories should have raised more eyebrows than it has.

They started slow and while they clicked in the second-half, the Nuggets were far from the force that we saw across the playoffs a year ago.

This Timberwolves side can get a game in Denver and they should come out swinging in Game 1. The Nuggets lost each of their first four opening quarters in the series with the Lakers, so back the Timberwolves to edge the first quarter on Saturday night.

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1 odds

Denver Nuggets


Minnesota Timberwolves



Nuggets -4.5 - 110

Total Points

O209 - 110

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1 player props

Player Points

Anthony Edwards

Over 27.5 Points -125

Nikola Jovic

Over 27.5 Points -135

Jamal Murray

Over 23.5 Points -105

Karl-Anthony Towns

Over 18.5 Points -125

Michael Porter Jr

Over 18.5 Points +105

Rudy Gobert

Over 13.5 Points -125

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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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