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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets Game 2: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

Entering the weekend, the Denver Nuggets had been the favorites to win the Western Conference, but Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves stole Game 1 in Denver to take a 1-0 series lead.

Now, Nikola Jokic and the defending champios must bounce back on Monday night or the T-Wolves will return home with a two-game lead.

Let’s dive into some Timberwolves vs. Nuggets predictions for Game 2 tonight and explain why we anticipate a bounce-back win for the hosts.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets betting picks and predictions

Nuggets Over 106.5 Points (-110)

The Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets series promised cinematic excitement, and it kicked off with a surprise victory for Minnesota.

The Timberwolves displayed impressive shooting accuracy, hitting 52.4% from the field and 40.7% from beyond the arc.

Although Minnesota was able to take Game 1, Denver played an uncharacteristically bad game on offense, scoring just 99 points. This came from a team that averaged 114.9 points per game during the regular season and 113.5 PPG during last year’s postseason.

The Nuggets are expected to bounce back on Monday night and can do so behind better scoring, going over their team total of 106.5 points. Denver has scored 107 or more points at home in 10 of their last 14 postseason contests dating back to last season.

Michael Malone will adjust to their game plan based on Game 1, and the hosts will shoot better than their 46.7% mark to their total.

Over 206.5 Points (-110)

The first pick will obviously help with the second, which will be on the game to finish with more than 206.5 points. With Denver expected to score 107+ on their own, it doesn't require Minnesota to repeat what it has been doing to surpass the game total. The Timberwolves scored 106 in Game 1, marking the ninth straight playoff game in which they’ve scored 105 points or more. 

Anthony Edwards is firing on all cylinders, and if Minnesota continues to shoot well from behind the arc, they will have no problem scoring 100+.

Both teams excel on the defensive end, but a total below 210 is extremely rare for today’s NBA.

These two teams have averaged 216.1 points per game over their last 10 meetings, and the T-Wolves scored 111 and 107 in their two visits to Ball Arena during the regular season. This game should end with 210+ points so backing the over is a worthy selection.

Christian Braun Over 2.5 Rebounds (-105)

In Game 1, Christian Braun secured two rebounds while playing a career-high 19 minutes, contributing seven points. Braun's dynamic presence on both offense and defense could prove invaluable for Denver's efforts to level the series, and he is expected to play 15+ minutes once again.

Braun typically averages 2.75 rebounds per 15 minutes off the bench, so there are decent odds on Braun claiming over 2.5 rebounds.

Minnesota presents a favorable matchup, excelling in shot attempts from short midranges and corner threes, areas where Braun is most active on the boards. 

Anticipated regression in the Timberwolves' shooting accuracy sets the stage for Braun to exceed his rebounding line comfortably if he maintains a similar playing time to Game 1.

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets odds

MIN Timberwolves

+185 ML

DEN Nuggets

-225 ML

Spread

DEN -5.5

Total Points

O/U 206.5

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets player props

Player Points

Nikola Jokic (DEN Nuggets)

O/U 29.5

Anthony Edwards (MIN Timberwolves)

O/U 28.5

Jamal Murray (DEN Nuggets)

O/U 22.5

Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN Timberwolves)

O/U 18.5

Michael Porter Jr. (DEN Nuggets)

O/U 18.5

Rudy Gobert (MIN Timberwolves)

O/U 11.5

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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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