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Anthony Edwards #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives the ball past Jusuf Nurkic #20 of the Phoenix Suns as we offer our Suns vs. Timberwolves NBA player props and predictions for Game 1 on Saturday.
Anthony Edwards #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives the ball past Jusuf Nurkic #20 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at Footprint Center on November 15, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 133-115. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images via AFP.

The Phoenix Suns clash with the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series in Round 1, as we offer our best Suns vs. Timberwolves player props based on the best NBA odds.

In the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, the No. 3 seed Minnesota Timberwolves (56-26) face a tough challenge against the No. 6 seed Phoenix Suns (49-33). Game 1 is set for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN) at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Despite the Suns' dominance in their season series, the Timberwolves are favored by 1.5 points across our best sports betting sites. However, can the Timberwolves turn the tables in their opening matchup when facing a team considered among the favorites in the NBA championship odds?

To complement our 2024 NBA playoffs betting preview, here are our best Suns vs. Timberwolves player props and NBA picks (odds via our best NBA betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Suns vs. Timberwolves Game 1 player props for Saturday

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Suns vs. Timberwolves prop bet predictions for Saturday

Anthony Edwards Under 25.5 points ⭐⭐⭐⭐

While Edwards has historically upped his scoring totals in the postseason, I'm skeptical he can reach this mark Saturday against a Suns defense that held him to 14.3 points per game across three previous meetings.

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Phoenix flustered the fourth-year guard with double teams and constant pressure on the perimeter, and I'd expect Kevin Durant - whose length bothered Edwards in the regular season - to draw the star scorer again for key stretches of Game 1.

The Under is dealing as short as -125, which implies a 55.56% chance of cashing. We'll instead take these -110 odds for a $19.09 payout on a $10 wager.

Best odds: -110 via DraftKings

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Mike Conley Over 18.5 points + assists ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If the Suns force the ball out of Edwards' hands as they did in the regular season, that puts the onus squarely on Conley to pick up the slack for his backcourt mate.

He struggled in the first two meetings vs. Phoenix but scored 17 points with two assists in Sunday's season finale, which came on the heels of a 10-assist game two days earlier.

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With these -112 odds implying a 52.83% hit rate, I like Conley's chances of stepping up Saturday in his 79th career playoff game.

Best odds: -112 via DraftKings

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Jusuf Nurkic Over 18.5 points + rebounds ⭐⭐⭐

While Nurkic has averaged nearly 21 combined points and rebounds this year, I'm mostly drawn to this prop as a way of fading Gobert's impact defensively.

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Yes, the Timberwolves center is the favorite by the NBA Defensive Player of the Year odds, but I'd expect him to be regularly drawn out of the paint by the elite mid-range shooting of Durant and Devin Booker. That would provide both scoring and rebounding opportunities for Nurkic, who should log more time Saturday than he did in these teams' three regular-season meetings.

Best odds: -105 via DraftKings

Suns vs. Timberwolves Game 1 info & odds

  • When: Saturday, April 20
  • Tip-off: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • How to watch: ESPN
  • Favorite: Timberwolves -1.5 (-110 via BetMGM)

Suns-Timberwolves player props made Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.

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