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2021 NBA Handicapping
(6-17) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks (10-14)
Date: Monday, February 8
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Timberwolves +340 | Mavericks -500
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 222
On Monday, February 8th, The Minnesota Timberwolves meet the Dallas Mavericks for the first time this season.
Last season, the squads played three times with Dallas winning all three contests. The Mavericks hold the all-time record having won 71 matches of the 122 played.
Karl-Anthony Towns has missed 12 consecutive games while he deals with the NBA health and safety protocols having tested positive for COVID-19.
Presumably, he’ll return this week with his squad needing him if they intend to make a run and be among the teams vying for a playoff seed or be part of the play-in tournament.
The Wolves have a mere six wins 23 games into the season but split the two-game series in Oklahoma City. They won the initial meeting by coming back late in the match and almost pulled off the upset Saturday erasing a 23-point lead but fell 118-120.
Without Towns or Russell, it was Naz Reid who led the Wolves with 29 points. rookie Anthony Edwards delivered a solid effort with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal, and a block.
Malik Beasley (17), Jake Layman (16), and Jaylen Nowell (15) were the other double-figure scorers.
Towns (conditioning), Jarrett Culver (ankle), Juan Hernangomez (conditioning), and D’Angelo Russell (quad) are all listed as day-to-day.
Arguably the most entertaining match of the season occurred on Saturday night with two of the game’s superstars demonstrating their joy for playing basketball.
Luka Doncic and Warriors counterpart Stephen Curry went toe to toe on spectacular plays highlighted by jaw-dropping assists, 3-point shooting, and an offensive assault.
By night’s end, Curry had scored 57 connecting on 11 perimeter baskets while Doncic tied his career-best scoring with 42 points and got the real prize with the two-point win.
It felt like a must-win match for the Mavericks who still have real concerns about their defense which need to be addressed if they intend to be a factor in the postseason.
To this point in the season, Dallas ranks 26th defensively. They allowed the Warriors to score 132 points and given Curry’s assault there is some leeway but the Warriors were playing without a true center available.
Although Doncic has struggled with his perimeter shot it was dropping for the youngster on Saturday as he hit 7 of 12 deep balls, plus 11 assists and seven rebounds.
Kristaps Prozingis also registered a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds). Josh Richardson (17), Maxi Kleber (16), Tim Hardaway Jr. (11), and Dorian Finney-Smith (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
James Johnson (knee) didn’t play Saturday and is questionable for Monday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- Mavericks are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
The Mavericks should use the rest of this homestand which features an easier group of opponents or teams dealing with injuries to get their defense in check.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks ATS
The 29th ranked Timberwolves offense should offer Rick Carlisle’s group the opportunity to fine-tune their defensive effort. The Mavericks rank dead-last in perimeter shooting which is something else they need to improve.
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