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(1-8) Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-3)
Date: Saturday November 4
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Wolves -13.5
NBA Betting Total: 215
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The new-look Minnesota Timberwolves seek four consecutive wins Saturday while hosting a Dallas Mavericks group mired in a 1-8 start. Further, underdog Dallas enters Target Center on the second night of back-to-back action.
Clearly, each franchise holds differing competitive aims this year following defined offseason moves. The Timberwolves see themselves as legitimate playoff contenders after acquiring Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, and Taj Gibson. Conversely, Dallas is content to send Dirk Nowitzki toward Hall-Of-Fame pastures while planning its future around draft picks, young assets, and plentiful cap space.
With Seth Curry nursing an injured tibia, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. spearheads Dallas’ youth movement. Smith Jr. is the bedrock owner Mark Cuban envisions his team revolving around well into the next decade. Though Dallas currently sports the NBA’s worst record, DSJ has flashed images of promise while averaging 12.3 points and 5.3 assists nightly.
For a team which has lost eight of its first nine regular-season outings, the future is a welcome investment. Perhaps Cuban, a noted entrepreneur, can use his franchise’s favorable salary-cap stead in July to revive playoff basketball in the heart of Dallas.
Numerically, the Mavericks’ statistical rankings reflect the team’s rocky start. Dallas is one of only five NBA franchises to currently average below 100 ppg; the team’s overall FG% ranks 29th, and its DefRtg sits 30th. Behind a drove of smaller guards and Nowitzki, the Mavericks, however, are among the league’s better perimeter-shooting entities, averaging 12.7 3PM (4th) on 38.3% (8th).
To halt a five-game winless drought, Dallas must catch fire from deep and gain a standout two-way performance from Nerlens Noel.
Seth Curry (Knee), Josh McRoberts (lower body), and Dorian Finney-Smith (Knee) are each expected to miss Friday’s game vs. New Orleans, and the trio’s playing status is unlikely to upgrade vs. Minnesota.
Heavily invested in a veteran core with the rookie-scale contract of centerpiece Karl-Anthony Towns expiring after next season, a sense of urgency surrounds Minnesota. And over its past three outings, Tom Thibodeau’s bunch has responded accordingly by upending Oklahoma City, Miami, and New Orleans.
Though Towns offered a career-low two points vs. New Orleans, Jimmy Butler (23 points) led Minnesota’s charge as the team’s bench added 45 timely points vs. the interior duo of Anthony Davis (24 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists) and DeMarcus Cousins (35 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals).
Fortunately, Minnesota’s secondary and tertiary cogs were able to overcome Cousins’ historic statline and mediocre supporting cast.
Even as Minnesota collects wins, it must be noted the Thibodeau-coached Wolves rank 28th in DefRtg and yield a -4.4 NetRtg. Hence, the foursome of Butler, Teague, Towns, and Wiggins are meshing slowly, but are beginning to find an offensive identity as more pieces become involved.
During the Wolves’ three-game unblemished run, points (116) have come in staccato bursts. While Thibodeau is a noted defensive mind, for now his unit’s strong suit is scoring and pace. However, as the season unfolds, Minnesota should find a two-way balance. Further, Dallas is the ideal opponent to begin implementing new strategies against.
NBA Betting Trend
- Under is 7-1-1 in DAL last 9 Sat. games.
- Over is 18-7-1 in MIN last 26 overall.
- Favorite is 14-3 ATS in the last 17 meetings.
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Prediction:
The Mavericks, on tired legs, will battle against the rested and superior Timberwolves. Although, Dallas’ best efforts won’t be enough to deny Minnesota a fourth-consecutive win in the breakneck West.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Dallas +13.5
Expect a classy tribute for Dirk Nowitzki as fans and pundits reminisce upon his battles with Kevin Garnett for conference supremacy throughout the 00’s. Although, all sentiment will end once play begins. Minnesota should win this contest by a comfortable margin.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 116 – Dallas 108
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