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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets Predictions and Preview for 4/1/2022

Minnesota Timberwolves takes on Denver Nuggets on 4/1/2022 at 08:00 PM.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets face off in an important game for both teams. Minnesota Timberwolves has a record of 43-34 this regular season. Denver Nuggets is 46-31 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Defense Preview




Their defensive efficiency is 111.0, which means they have an above average defense relative to other teams in the NBA. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

This team has strong on-ball defenders and players who can attack the passing lanes.

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 113.8, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They play a pace that is considered faster than average, but this is not a team that is having a track meet.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .570 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .536, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .454 of their shots from three point range. They take three point shots more than many in the NBA. They made .355 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .777 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They successfully retrieved 24.6% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Denver Nuggets Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 111.6, which means they have an above average defense relative to other teams in the NBA. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. Their defensive efforts at keeping offenses from getting to the rim should not go unnoticed. The defensive lapses yielding dunks, layups, and tip-ins are prevalent.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Denver Nuggets Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 114.2, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .588 which is considered to be above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .555, which is considered to be above average. They attempt .417 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .354 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .794 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.9% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The Minnesota Timberwolves Roster

The Players to Watch for Minnesota Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns 6-11 248 C

He is a candidate for the All-Star Game this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Anthony Edwards 6-4 225 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

D’Angelo Russell 6-4 193 PG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is one of the strongest distributors in the NBA. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Denver Nuggets Roster

The Players to Watch for Denver Nuggets

Nikola Jokić 6-11 284 C

He is an MVP candidate this season and a player you must know.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He makes an effort to get offensive rebounds, but he is not a leader in this metric.

Aaron Gordon 6-8 235 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Will Barton 6-6 181 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves 121 Denver Nuggets 113

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