Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 12, 2024

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May 12, 2024 7:20 AM
The Minnesota Timberwolves look to extend their 2-1 lead in the West Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at 8:00 PM at the Target Center. In a highly competitive Western Conference matchup, the Timberwolves aim to build momentum in Game 4 against the second-seeded Nuggets. Expect an intense battle between two of the NBA's top teams as they fight for a spot in the next round.
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Nuggets vs Timberwolves game preview

As the Denver Nuggets gear up for a pivotal Game 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the spotlight continues to shine intensely on Nikola Jokic. The Serbian center has been a monumental force for Denver throughout the season, leading the team in points, assists, and rebounds with averages of 26.4, 9.0, and 12.4 respectively. His ability to dominate both the paint and the playmaking sphere makes him the cornerstone of the Nuggets' tactical approach. To secure a win and even the series, Denver will need Jokic to continue his high-performance play while also seeking more aggressive scoring contributions from other team members to counteract Minnesota's robust defense. Continuous pressure and swift execution will be key in penetrating the Timberwolves' strategic setups.

The Minnesota Timberwolves head into Game 4 with a slender series lead and a clear demonstration of their capabilities, especially from their lead shooting guard, Anthony Edwards. Scoring an impressive 25.9 points per game, Edwards' explosive play has been crucial for the Timberwolves this season. Alongside him, veteran point guard Mike Conley’s leadership and playmaking skills, averaging 5.9 assists per game, have harnessed the team's offensive flow, while Rudy Gobert's dominant presence in rebounding with an average of 12.9 rebounds per game has fortified their defense. For Minnesota to capitalize on their current series lead and take a commanding position, maintaining their defensive intensity and maximizing offensive opportunities created by Edwards and Conley will be essential in Game 4 against the Nuggets.

Minnesota Timberwolves injuries

  • Jaylen Clark (G): Out

Denver Nuggets injuries

  • Reggie Jackson (PG): Day-To-Day
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG): Day-To-Day
  • Jamal Murray (PG): Day-To-Day
  • Collin Gillespie (G): Out
  • Vlatko Cancar (SF): Out

How to Watch the Nuggets vs Timberwolves

The Nuggets vs. Timberwolves game will be televised on TNT and is scheduled for Sun 8:00 PM.

Nuggets vs Timberwolves predictions

The Nuggets are looking to even up the series, and I think they can do it with a big game from Nikola Jokic. I'm talking 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists - he's going to be a one-man show out there. And don't sleep on Jamal Murray, I think he's due for a breakout game, something like 23 points and 7 assists. If those two are clicking, it's going to be tough for the Wolves to keep up.

On the other side, Minnesota is going to rely heavily on their young stud Anthony Edwards, who I think will drop 27 points and grab 5 rebounds. And let's not forget about Rudy Gobert, who's going to feast on the boards and snag 14 rebounds to go along with 12 points. But the X-factor for the Wolves is Mike Conley - if he's getting buckets and dishing out 6-7 assists, they've got a good shot at taking this one.

So, after crunching the numbers and thinking it through, I've got the Timberwolves taking this one 115-112. The Wolves have been playing with a ton of energy and enthusiasm, and I think they can outlast the Nuggets in a high-scoring affair. The Nuggets' depth is a concern for me, and I think the Wolves can exploit their bench. It's going to be a close one, but I'm rolling with the Wolves to take a 3-1 lead in the series.

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