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Draftkings Best NBA Showdown Picks: Timberwolves vs. Nuggets 5/19/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for tonight's Timberwolves vs. Nuggets matchup.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets
May 19, 2024 8:00 pm EDT

The NBA presents a playoff matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets. Let’s take a look at this game from a Draftkings perspective.

Before we dive into the Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets game let’s review the rules for Draftkings single game showdown contest.

Draftkings Single Game Showdown Contest Rules

You have $50,000 to utilize on five players from either team. However, one of those players will be designated as your team captain. The captain accumulates 1.5 times the standard fantasy points. Additionally, the captain is 1.5 times the standard cost of the flex position.

The remaining four players in your lineup will receive the standard fantasy points. Having stated that, it is highly important for you to identify the correct player for your captain position if you hope to win a large field DFS GPP (guaranteed prize pool) showdown contest.

If you have additional questions regarding the rules for the single game showdown contest, I recommend that you check out the Draftkings website for more details.

Here are my Draftkings picks for this evening’s Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Nikola Jokic $13,600

It’s fair to say that talented Denver center Nikola Jokic is a big reason why the Denver Nuggets have played so well this season. Let’s take a look at Jokic’s recent game data to shed light on my previous statement.

In the Denver Nuggets last four games played (all playoff games), Nikola Jokic has averaged an impressive 30.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 2 steals a game.

Taking a closer look at the data just presented, in the Denver Nuggets last four games played in the 2024 Western Conference Semifinals, Nikola Jokic averaged 59.9 Draftkings points a game.

More recently, in the Denver Nuggets 115-70 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves three days ago, Nikola Jokic posted some quality DFS numbers. Nikola Jokic accumulated 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists in the Nuggets loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

For the reasons just noted, I am backing Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic as my captain for this one game Draftkings slate.

Flex Plays

Rudy Gobert $8,400

Minnesota center Rudy Gobert has been the leader in the paint that the Minnesota Timberwolves have needed to win games in the 2024 Western Conference playoffs. Having stated that, how has Rudy Gobert been playing recently?

In the Minnesota Timberwolves last three games played (all playoff games), Gobert has averaged 12.3 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1,5 steals a game.

Considering the increased importance of tonight’s Game 7 of the Western Conference playoffs, I fully expect Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert to play his best game of the 2024 Western Conference Semifinals.

Jamal Murray $9,600

In the Denver Nuggets nine games played in the 2024 Western Conference playoffs Denver guard Jamal Murray has averaged 34.5 Draftkings points a game.

It should be noted that the Denver Nuggets have officially listed Jamal Murray as questionable for this evening’s game. I recommend that all readers review the starting lineups for both teams prior to setting your DFS lineup for this one game slate

Christian Braun $3,600

Nuggets guard Christian Braun has certainly been a key contributor off the bench for the Denver Nuggets this season. Let’s review how well Braun has been playing in this series.

In the Denver Nuggets last three games played in the 2024 Western Conference Semifinals (all games versus Minnesota), Christian Braun averaged 16.5 Draftkings points a game.

Additional players I like to play well (Draftkings price noted): Karl-Anthony Towns $9,200: Anthony Edwards $11,400: Aaron Gordon $8,200: Mike Conley $7,200.

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Hans Geevers

I have been an avid fan of sports since I was a kid. Additionally, I have been betting on sports for the better part of the last two decades! I have been married to my wife Dawn for over 21 years. I am also the proud father of Hannah! These ladies provide me the inspiration to live each day to it's fullest.

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