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Suns vs Timberwolves Series Prediction, Odds and Picks

The Minnesota Timberwolves open their quest for a first NBA Finals appearance when they take on the Phoenix Suns in a first-round series in the Western Conference playoffs. Minnesota earned the third seed in the West and will have home-court advantage for this best-of-seven series. Despite that, though, Phoenix is the NBA betting favorite to win the series.

The Suns just barely escaped the Play-In Tournament in the West, finishing in tie for sixth place with the New Orleans Pelicans but advancing to the postseason thanks to a tiebreaker. Phoenix has not lived up to the expectations it set for itself with the offseason acquisition of Bradley Beal, but it can just worry about winning and advancing now.

Suns vs Timberwolves Series Prediction, Odds and Picks
Suns vs Timberwolves Series Prediction, Odds and Picks

The early NBA odds for this series have the Suns as -130 to win and advance to the second round, while the Timberwolves are listed at +110. Read our NBA betting preview of this series to help you determine how to make your wager.

 

Big Three Look to Advance

Since the Suns made the move to add Beal to the already potent duo of Kevin Durant and Devin Booker, they’ve been considered one of the top teams from the West in regards to NBA playoff odds. Injuries kept Phoenix from reaching its full potential during the regular season, but now, the Suns look as dangerous as any team in the West.

Leading the way is Durant, who has a championship pedigree from his time with the Golden State Warriors and is still one of the players who can take over a game with his scoring. The 35-year-old was fifth in the league in scoring at 27.1 points per game, hitting 41.3% from 3-point range. He did only score 22.7 points per game in three games against the Timberwolves this season, but he should be at his best in this series.

Booker is another player who can heat up and carry his team. He averaged 27.1 points this season, hitting 36.1% of his 3-point attempts, while also dishing out 6.9 assists per contest. He’s coming off a 23-point, seven-assist performance in the regular-season finale win over Minnesota on Sunday.

If the Suns are going to live up to the NBA Finals odds they got at the beginning of the season, Beal must be a factor in this series and throughout the postseason. The former All-Star was limited to 53 games in the regular season due to injuries, but he showed his potential with 36 points and five assists in Sunday’s win over the Timberwolves.

 

 

 

Timberwolves Getting Little Respect

Despite being the No. 3 seed in the West, and finishing just one game behind the teams that tied for first place, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets, Minnesota is not favored in this series. The Timberwolves don’t have a lot of postseason success to fall back on, having won just two playoff series in franchise history – both coming back in 2004 when Kevin Garnett was leading the way.

Guard Anthony Edwards is a dynamic scorer, leading the team with 25.9 points per game this season, but he’s coming off a pair of games in which he failed to score 15 points. The 22-year-old is already playing in his third postseason, having averaged 31.6 points in last season’s first-round loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Minnesota was cruising to the best record in the West when Karl-Anthony Towns was sidelined with a torn meniscus in early March. Towns had been averaging 22.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists at the time of the injury. He came back at the end of the regular season for two games, averaging 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in limited playing time. His ability to get back to the all-around threat that he was prior to the injury is a key to Minnesota winning this series.

 

Suns Use Experience Advantage to Win

There are some players in the Timberwolves’ lineup – Mike Conley Jr. and Rudy Gobert – who have had playoff success in the past with former teams, but the main cogs for Minnesota are still learning to win big games. Meanwhile, Durant has participated in 166 playoff games alone and Booker was a key part of the Suns’ run to the 2021 NBA Finals.

Phoenix swept the three-game season series, including Sunday’s regular-season finale in Minneapolis. The Las Vegas NBA odds for this one are correct in favoring the Suns to win, as we like Phoenix to pull off the mini-upset and move on to the second round.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

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Oklahoma City is the top seed in the West, followed by Denver and Minnesota.

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