Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets Picks and Predictions May 16th 2024

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Minnesota Timberwolves
ML: -130
Denver Nuggets
ML: 110

Wolves Try to Corral Nuggets Star Nikola Jokic, Force Game 7

The Denver Nuggets are looking to wrap up their Western Conference semifinal series against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 6 on Thursday night. Denver has turned the series around, taking a 3-2 lead after being down 0-2, thanks to the stellar play of their star, Nikola Jokic. The Timberwolves, now on the brink of elimination, need a game plan to stop Jokic and push the series to a winner-takes-all Game 7.

Denver’s Comeback

The Nuggets’ journey in this series is a story of grit and determination. After losing the first two games, they bounced back with three straight wins. Their latest victory, a commanding 112-97 win in Game 5, has them just one win away from advancing to the next round.

Nikola Jokic’s Performance

Nikola Jokic has been absolutely amazing. In Game 5, he dropped 40 points on 15-for-22 shooting, bringing his total to 99 points over the last three games. His incredible play has drawn praise from both sides.

Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards couldn’t help but admire Jokic, saying, “I just laugh, man. That’s all I can do. I can’t be mad. Because he’s good, man. … He’s the MVP, best player in the NBA. He showed it the last three games. He was special (in Game 5). I’ve got to give him his flowers.”

Minnesota’s Strategy

The Timberwolves have a tough task ahead in trying to contain Jokic. Rudy Gobert, Minnesota’s starting center and reigning Defensive Player of the Year, emphasized staying positive and focused. “We’ve got to keep our head,” Gobert said. “I think that’s the story for us. We know he’s a one-of-a-kind player. We know he’s going to make some incredible plays. But we’ve got to keep at it.”

Their struggle to keep their composure was evident in the second half of Game 5, where they seemed demoralized by Jokic’s dominance.

Denver’s Response to Adversity

Denver’s resilience has been key to their comeback. After falling behind 0-2, coach Michael Malone used external criticism as fuel for his team. The Nuggets responded by outscoring Minnesota by an average of 16.7 points per game over the next three games.

“It took a lot of effort to get back into this series, but it was an effort that our guys were committed to,” Malone said. “I think that effort was a big part of why we won (Tuesday). We had 30 assists, so that says a lot about how well we moved the basketball. We got in transition and got easy buckets.”

Team Contributions

Jokic’s brilliance has been matched by strong performances from his teammates. Jamal Murray, averaging 20.2 points per game in the playoffs, and Michael Porter Jr., with 17.4 points per game, have been crucial to Denver’s success.

For the Timberwolves, Anthony Edwards has led the way with 30.6 points per game in the playoffs. Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert have also been key contributors, averaging 19.3 and 12.6 points per game, respectively.

Injury Concerns

A critical factor for Minnesota will be the health of guard Mike Conley, who missed Game 5 due to soreness in his right Achilles tendon. Conley’s status for Game 6 is still up in the air, and his absence would be a significant blow for the Timberwolves.


As Game 6 approaches, the Nuggets aim to keep their momentum and close out the series, while the Timberwolves are desperate to force a Game 7. The mental toughness, strategic tweaks, and health of key players will be decisive in this high-stakes matchup.

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