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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Dallas Mavericks Odds
A key NBA battle sees the visiting Timberwolves travelling to Dallas Monday to face the Mavericks on Monday.
This season the Mavericks are 15-23 overall and 19-19 ATS against the number, while the Timberwolves are 16-18 and 17-17 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Dallas is 22-15-1 on the OU, and Minnesota is 17-17.
For bettors going with the Mavericks in this one, they were listed earlier as 5.5-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 197.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 24-rated Mavericks and the No. 11-ranked Timberwolves, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 97-95 result in favor of the Timberwolves.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 10-ranked offense (99.1 PPG) against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 10 at 96.4 PPG. The Mavericks have averaged 44.7% from the field per game, more than the Timberwolves have managed so far this season (42.9% on average).
Defensively, the Timberwolves feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.5 points per game. Dallas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the league in scoring at home.
Minnesota lost its last outing, a 106-88 result against the Spurs on January 13. The Timberwolves failed to cover in that game as a 12-point underdog, while the 194 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Minnesota suffered a 106-88 loss against San Antonio on Sunday, getting 15 points from J.J. Barea in a losing effort at AT&T Center.
In their last action, Dallas was a 104-83 winner at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (187) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Dallas cruised to victory on Saturday, running Memphis out of the gym and running up a 104-83 score at American Airlines Center.
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing LA Clippers are 4-6
After playing San Antonio are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4
Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a win are 3-7
A few Timberwolves at Mavericks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota's last 12 games
Minnesota is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Dallas is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games when playing Minnesota
Dallas is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Dallas is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
Dallas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Minnesota home to LA Clippers, Thursday, January 17
Dallas home to Houston, Wednesday, January 16