A pair of conference rivals face off tonight as the Timberwolves (20-21, 14-6 home) host the Mavericks (19-22, 3-18 away) at 8:00 p.m. EST at Target Center.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they faced off on October 21st, 2018, Dallas won 140-136 behind 26 points from Luka Doncic.
The Timberwolves opened as 5.0-point favorites for this contest, with a projected point total of 221. That’s a sizeable spread, so proceed with caution if you’re thinking of betting on the Timberwolves. Dallas is 24-17-0 against the spread this season and 20-21-0 over/under. Minnesota, meanwhile, is 22-19-0 ATS and 21-20-0 over/under.
Dallas enters the game ranked 12th in the league in defensive rating. They’re surrendering 109.3 points per game and are holding opposing teams to 46.0% from the floor and 34.0% from beyond the arc. Offensively, they’re averaging 109.7 points and are ninth in rebounds and 23rd in assists.
On the flip side, Minnesota ranks 13th in offensive rating. The Timberwolves are averaging 111.6 points per game on 43.0% shooting and are 20th in rebounds and 13th in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 111.0 points per game and are 16th in field goals allowed and 27th in three-pointers allowed.
Both teams have been active lately. The Timberwolves are coming off of a 117-119 win against the Thunder in Oklahoma City in which they were 11 for 31 from deep were out-rebounded 55-54.
The Mavericks, meanwhile, are fresh off a 104-94 win against the Suns in Dallas in which they handed out 21 assists and scratched and clawed their way to seven steals. Luka Doncic torched the Suns for 30 points.
All told, the Mavericks have won four of their last ten games and are 14th in the Western Conference, while the Timberwolves have lost four of their previous ten and are 11th in the Western Conference.