Nuggets vs Timberwolves Game 3 NBA preview (5/10/24): Odds, Prediction, Lineups & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on May 10, 2024
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The Denver Nuggets are set to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs at 9:30 p.m. ET today. The game will take place at Target Center in Minneapolis and will be broadcast on ESPN. NBA odds for this matchup include a point spread of -4.5 in favor of the Timberwolves, with an over/under set at 204.0. Nuggets odds stand at +158, while Timberwolves odds are at -193. Minnesota leads the series 2-0.

Nuggets vs. Timberwolves pregame Game 3 odds

The upcoming NBA game featuring the Nuggets and the Timberwolves presents interesting options for bettors, with sportsbooks offering close NBA odds. DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM have all provided their lines, focusing on moneyline, point spread, and over/under totals. Nuggets odds show them as the underdogs, which could attract bets on their comeback potential. Timberwolves odds suggest a slight home advantage. This matchup is poised for intriguing betting opportunities, with the point spread and over/under totals drawing particular attention at Ohio online sportsbooks.

  • Bet365: Nuggets +4.5, over/under 204.0
  • BetMGM: Nuggets +4.5, over/under 204.5
  • Caesars: Nuggets +4.5, over/under 204.0
  • BetRivers: Nuggets +4.5, over/under 204.0

Odds are subject to change and may vary between sportsbooks for the Mavs vs Thunder.

Nuggets vs Timberwolves Game 3 prediction

The reigning NBA champs are on the ropes. And after the performance in Game 2 by the Timberwolves, it might take a miracle for Denver to make this a series. However, the Nuggets have the just-named NBA MVP in Nikola Jokic, and Denver is a proud team. Will it be enough against a team that plays with relentless energy and intensity on both ends of the floor? Remember that the Timberwolves will get Rudy Gobert back into the lineup after missing Game 2.

A few years ago, the Nuggets came back from two 3-1 series deficits to win both of those series. So Denver is never out of it. Expect the Jokic and the Nuggets to look and play like a completely different team in Game 3.

Nuggets vs Timberwolves prediction: Nuggets +4.5

Nuggets vs Timberwolves Game 3 projected starting lineups

Nuggets projected starting lineup tonight

  • PG: Jamal Murray
  • SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • SF: Michael Porter Jr.
  • PF: Aaron Gordon
  • C: Nikola Jokic

Timberwolves projected starting lineup tonight

  • PG: Mike Conley
  • SG: Anthony Edwards
  • SF: Jaden McDaniels
  • PF: Karl-Anthony Towns
  • C: Rudy Gobert (game-time decision)

Projected lineups and injuries are pulled from Sportsdata.

Nuggets vs Timberwolves Game 3 injuries

The Nuggets Vlatko Cancar (SF) is out with a knee injury, while Reggie Jackson (PG) is questionable due to a leg injury.

The Timberwolves Rudy Gobert (C) is questionable for personal reasons, while Monte Morris (PG) is questionable with a finger injury.

Team stats & standings ahead of tonight’s Game 3

Minnesota won the first two games of this series against the Nuggets in rather easy fashion. Can Nikola Jokic and Denver turn the tables in Minneapolis and make this a series? Here are the team stats and standings for both teams.

Denver Nuggets Team Stats and Standings

The Denver Nuggets, with a season record of 57-25, finished second in the Western Conference and hold the second spot in the Northwest Division. They are entering tonight’s game losing the first two games of the series at home. Nuggets odds might be influenced by their strong offensive and defensive performance this season.

Here are key stats for the Nuggets this season:

  • Points per game: 114.8
  • Points allowed per game: 109.6
  • Rebounds per game: 44.4
  • Assists per game: 29.5
  • FG%: 49.6
  • 3PT%: 37.4

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Stats and Standings

The Minnesota Timberwolves show a close competition with 56-26, ranking third in both the Western Conference and the Northwest Division. Minnesota won the first two games of the series on the road and now have the momentum heading home. Timberwolves odds could be favorable considering their solid stats and performance leading up to this game. Season stats for the Timberwolves are as follows:

  • Points per game: 113.0
  • Points allowed per game: 106.5
  • Rebounds per game: 43.6
  • Assists per game: 26.6
  • FG%: 48.5
  • 3PT%: 38.7

Player Stats for Nuggets vs. Timberwolves

As the Nuggets and Timberwolves prepare to face off, both teams bring players with significant impact potential. Fans and bettors analyzing NBA odds will find key insights from recent performances and season stats. Nuggets odds may lean on Jokic’s all-around game, while Timberwolves odds could hinge on Edwards’ scoring prowess.

Nuggets leaders ahead of tonight’s game

Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon showcased their skills in the recent matchup, with Jokic dominating the boards and Gordon efficient from the field.

  • Aaron Gordon (PF): 20 PTS, 4 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Nikola Jokic (C): 16 PTS, 16 RBS, 8 ASTS
  • Justin Holiday (SF): 13 PTS, 2 RBS, 1 AST
  • Michael Porter Jr. (SF): 9 PTS, 5 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Jamal Murray (PG): 8 PTS, 13 RBS, 2 ASTS

Season leaders for the Nuggets have been instrumental in their success:

  • Nikola Jokic: 26.4 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 9.0 APG
  • Jamal Murray: 21.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 6.5 APG
  • Michael Porter Jr.: 16.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.5 APG
  • Aaron Gordon: 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.5 APG
  • Reggie Jackson: 10.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.8 APG

Timberwolves leaders ahead of tonight’s game

Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with their scoring and rebounding, making them key figures in the upcoming game.

  • Anthony Edwards (SG): 27 PTS, 2 RBS, 7 ASTS
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (PF): 27 PTS, 12 RBS, 1 AST
  • Naz Reid (C): 14 PTS, 5 RBS
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker (SG): 14 PTS, 6 RBS, 1 AST
  • Kyle Anderson (SF): 6 PTS, 9 RBS, 8 ASTS

Throughout the season, these Timberwolves have been crucial:

  • Anthony Edwards: 25.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 5.1 APG
  • Karl-Anthony Towns: 21.8 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.0 APG
  • Rudy Gobert: 14.0 PPG, 12.9 RPG
  • Naz Reid: 13.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG
  • Mike Conley: 11.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 5.9 APG
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