Minnesota Timberwolves at Dallas Mavericks NBA Picks & Predictions 3/30/2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
American Airlines Center
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The Minnesota Timberwolves head to American Airlines Center to take on the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, March 30, 2018. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 5 point favorites.
The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 43-33. They are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 2.2 as they are averaging 109.9 points per game while giving up 107.7 per contest. The Mavericks have an overall record of 23-52. They currently are 4th in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 102.6 points per game and surrendering 105.2, good for a point differential of -2.6.
Valuable Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 33-40-3 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 43-32-1 against the over/under
Important Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends
The Dallas Mavericks are 38-36-1 against the spread
The Dallas Mavericks are 34-41-0 against the over/under
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
03/28/18 G Derrick Rose Ankle is "?" Friday vs Dallas
02/24/18 F Jimmy Butler Knee is out indefinitely
Key Dallas Mavericks Injuries
03/28/18 G Jose Juan Barea Personal is "?" Friday vs Minnesota
03/11/18 G Wesley Matthews Leg is out indefinitely
02/06/18 G Seth Curry Tibia is out for season
Karl-Anthony Towns comes into this game averaging 21.2 points per contest while playing 35.4 minutes per night so far this year. He grabs 12.2 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.4 assists per game. His FG percentage is 55% while his free throw percentage is 85%. Andrew Wiggins averages 18.1 points per contest in 36.2 minutes per game this year. He averages 1.9 assists per game and 4.3 rebounds per contest for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 44% for the season while his free throw percentage is 65%.
Harrison Barnes has scored 18.8 points per contest while playing 34.1 minutes per game this season for the Mavericks. He hauls in 6.3 rebounds per contest and has 2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 83%. Dirk Nowitzki averages 12.1 points per game this year and he's on the court an average of 24.7 minutes per game. He also brings in 5.7 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 91%.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota averages 109.9 points per contest this year, which is 6th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.21 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a unit, which has them ranked 4th. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 41.8 boards per contest and 22.8 assists per game, which ranks them 24th and 17th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 28th with 12.6 per game. The Timberwolves allow 107.7 points per contest which is 18th in the NBA. They also surrender a 48% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 29th and 19th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 41.5 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd, and they allow 24.1 assists per game which puts them in 22nd place in the league. They force 15.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Dallas is 27th in the NBA with 102.6 points per contest this season. They are 26th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -2.56. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 15th in the league. They are 27th in the NBA in rebounding with 41.1 boards per contest and 18th in assists per game with 22.7. The Mavericks are 30th in turnovers per contest with 12.4. The Mavericks give up 105.2 points per game, which ranks them 12th in the league. Their defense is surrendering a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 21st and 14th in those defensive statistics. They rank 17th with 23.3 dimes allowed per game and 27th with 45.6 boards surrendered per contest. The Mavericks are 8th in the league in forcing turnovers with 13.9 per contest this year.
The Timberwolves are 4th in the league in defensive rating with 111.5, and their offensive rating of 113.8 is ranked 4th. They are 21st in the NBA in pace with 96.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 10th. As a unit they are 8th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 26% of their shot attempts, ranking 30th in the NBA. Minnesota is 29th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 3rd in the NBA.
Dallas is 28th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 9th in the league. The Mavericks are 22nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.7, and their defensive rating of 109.4 is ranked 14th. In terms of pace they are 25th in the league with 95.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 18th. As a team they are 20th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 4th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Timberwolves/Mavericks NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota -5
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