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Denver Nuggets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions Game 3

DENVER NUGGETS VS MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES PREDICTIONS GAME 3: PREDICTIONS AND BETTING ODDS

DENVER NUGGETS VS MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES PREDICTIONS GAME 3: PREDICTIONS AND BETTING ODDS

Heading into Game 3, the defending champions have just one goal in mind and that is to bring this series somehow back to Denver. The Nuggets underperformed in both home games, especially in Game 2 where they scored just 80 points. Jamal Murray’s frustrations were the talking point after he threw a heating pad at an official, for which he got fined $100k by the league. In the build up to Game 3, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic won the MVP award for the 3rd time in his career, but I’m sure he would trade that individual award for another title in a heartbeat. The Nuggets did win once at Target Center in the regular season this year, similarly to the Pacers in the East this is a must win situation for them because no team ever has come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA Playoffs.

Not having Rudy Gobert didn’t slow down the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 2. In fact, it did just the opposite. It rallied the troops and the T’Wolves stepped it up even further on defense in what was one of their best efforts on that end all year long. The DPOY Gobert comes back tonight, it’ll be interesting to see how he reacts following a few sleepless nights after the birth of his son. Anthony Edwards will once again be the key for Minnesota here, he’s averaged 35 points per game in the series so far while shooting an impressive 61% from the field. So far the Nuggets haven’t been able to slow him down, but I expect them to center their gameplan around doing just that in Game 3.

DENVER NUGGETS POINT SPREAD PREDICTION

Despite ESPN’s matchup predictor giving Minnesota 68.8% of a chance to win here, I have to go with the defending champions. I believe there’s still a lot of fight left in them, they are not getting swept here. Nuggets to cover.
Nuggets +4.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

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DENVER NUGGETS VS MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES GAME 3 TOTAL POINTS: OVER 204.5

Defense has determined the outcome of the first two games of this series, as we head to Minnesota for the next two games, the projected total has trimmed down to just 204.5 points. I’m expecting a lot more on offense from Denver here, I find it hard to believe the 5th best offense during the regular season can go 3 straight games without clearing the 100 point mark, regardless how good the opponent is. The MVP took just 13 shots in Game 2, while Jamal Murray went 3-for-18, in moments like these we find out what superstars are made of and it’s time for both of those guys to step up. Anthony Edwards will probably get his once again, but the Nuggets have to increase the pace in order to avoid falling into Minnesota’s trap of playing in the half court on offense. The last time Denver won at Target Center we saw the highest scoring game of the season between the two teams at 227 points scored. I’m expecting a similar number for Game 2, so let’s go with the over.
Over 204.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

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