Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets NBA Pick – April 1

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of basketball on April 1. Ten games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Denver Nuggets. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.

Minnesota has earned a record of 43-34 throughout this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Western Conference. The Timberwolves have lost two games in a row and four of their last five. Minnesota is two and a half games out of the sixth spot in the Conference. The Timberwolves will look to come out fast on the road in this one.

The Nuggets have put up a record of 46-31 so far this season, which has them in fifth place of the Western Conference. Denver has won three games in row and six of their last nine. The Nuggets are two games out of the third seed in the Conference. Denver will look to come out quickly at home as they look to move up with a win.

These two teams have been solid on the season and will look to get closer to clinching a playoff spot with a win in this one. The Timberwolves have been struggling as of late and will look to turn it around. Denver has been on a roll recently. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Friday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Minnesota Timberwolves +4 (-110) Over 234 ½ (-110)
Denver Nuggets -4 (-110) Under 234 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data Minnesota Timberwolves Denver Nuggets
Overall Record 43-34 46-31
Away/ Home Record 18-21 22-15
PPG 115.2 112.0
PPG Away/ Home 117.5 113.9
PAPG 112.4 109.5
PAPG Away/ Home 117.6 110.8

Betting Trends

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • 44-33 ATS this season
  • 18-20 ATS as an underdog
  • 21-18 ATS in road games
  • 7-7 ATS on Friday nights
  • 11-4 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 15-12 ATS after a non-Conference game
  • 12-7 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 23-17 ATS against team with a winning record

Denver Nuggets

  • 33-42 ATS this season
  • 21-29 ATS as a favorite
  • 14-23 ATS in home games
  • 6-6 ATS on Friday nights
  • 4-10 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 14-14 ATS after a non-Conference game
  • 6-7 ATS after three or more straight games
  • 13-20 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up three times on the season. Nikola Jokic put up 26 points and 19 rebounds as the Nuggets earned a 93-91 win in the first meeting. Anthony Edwards dropped 38 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns added 32 points in the second game as Minnesota won 124-107. Towns scored 24 points and 10 rebounds in the third matchup as the Timberwolves grabbed a 130-115 win.

Field Goal Shooting

The Timberwolves have been solid shooting the ball on the season. Minnesota has been shooting 45.5 percent from the field, which is 22nd in the NBA. The Timberwolves have made 35.5 percent of their shots from deep, which is 13th in the league. Minnesota has sunk 77.7 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 14th in the NBA.

Denver has been strong shooting the ball throughout the season. The Nuggets have made 48.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 2nd in the league. Denver has shot 35.4 percent from behind the arc, which is 14th in the NBA. The Nuggets have drained 79.4 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 8th in the league.

The Nuggets have been the better team shooting the ball on the season, but Minnesota has been better on defense. The Timberwolves have held their opponents to a 45.6 percent from the field, which is 12th in the league. Denver has allowed opposing teams to shoot 46.8 percent from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. Both teams will look for their defense to step up in this one.

Top Performers

Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards have been the leaders for Minnesota on the season. Towns is averaging 24.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Edwards has averaged 21 points per game. D’Angelo Russell is averaging 18 points and 7 assists per game. Malik Beasley has averaged 12.1 points per game to round out the lineup.

Nikola Jokic has been leading the Nuggets this season. Jokic is averaging 26.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 8 assists per game. Will Barton has averaged 14.7 points per game, while Aaron Gordon is averaging 14.6 points. Monte Morris has averaged 12.7 points per game. Jeff Green rounds out the lineup, averaging 10.3 points per game.

These have been led by their stars throughout this season. The Timberwolves have Beasley listed as questionable, which would hurt their lineup if he is missing. Denver is still without Jamal Murray and will be missing Michael Porter Jr. for the season. Both teams will look for some players to step up early in this matchup as they try to earn a big win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a pivotal win in this one. Both teams are comfortably in playoff spots as of right now, but will look for a big win in this one. The Nuggets have been the stronger team as of late and I think they can grab the win in this one. If Denver can come out strong shooting the ball, I like their chances at home.

Bovada has the Nuggets listed as a -4 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Denver at home. I think that this line could be bigger with the Nuggets playing well and Malik Beasley questionable. Denver lost their last two games against the Timberwolves as well. As slight favorites in this one, I like the value on the Nuggets.

The Bet
Denver Nuggets -4
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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