Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 12/19/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (+3.5)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (14-15) will play the Dallas Mavericks (14-14) at Target Center on Sunday. Minnesota is 3.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 214.
The Mavericks faced off with the Lakers and took a loss by a final of 107-104 in their last game. Dallas walked away from the contest having earned a 39.8% FG percentage (39 out of 98) and made 12 of their 44 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Mavericks made 14 of their 17 shots for a percentage of 82.4%. With respect to grabbing boards, they earned 51 with 8 of them being offensive. They also dished out 22 dimes for the game while forcing the opposition into 2 turnovers and getting 4 steals. With respect to defense, Dallas let their opponent shoot 43.3% from the field on 39 of 90 shooting. Los Angeles doled out 46 dimes and had 24 steals in the matchup. In addition, Los Angeles grabbed 42 rebounds (4 offensive, 38 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Los Angeles walked away from this one shooting 77.8% when shooting free throws by converting 14 of their 18 attempts. They also made 15 of their 39 attempts from three-point range. In relation to fouls, the Mavericks ended up finishing with 21 while the Lakers finished the game with 14 fouls.
Jalen Brunson is one player who was a major factor for the contest. He had 25 points on 11 out of 18 shooting. He played 38 minutes played and also totaled 3 boards. Brunson went 61.1% from the floor and totaled 9 dimes.
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Dallas comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 14-14 so far this season. They are turning it over 12.2 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.2 fouls every game. As a team, Dallas is pulling down 43.9 rebounds per game and has accounted for 633 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 25th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Mavericks are connecting on 32.8% on shots from downtown (350 of 1,066) and 74.6% from the free throw line. They average 104.4 pts per game (26th in basketball) while connecting on 44.3% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Mavericks are forcing their opponents into 13.9 turnovers per game and they draw 19.4 personal fouls. They relinquish 36.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 5th in basketball in PPG allowed (104.6). The Mavericks are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.2% (1,108 of 2,400) and they concede 45.7 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 13th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 677 surrendered for the year.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Timberwolves got the win with a final of 110-92 when they played the Lakers. The Timberwolves were able to pull down 46 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 61 in this game. They turned it over 15 times, while recording 13 steals for the contest. The Lakers earned 18 fouls for the contest which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 66.7%. Regarding three-point shots, Minnesota knocked down 12 of their 44 tries (27.3%). In all, the Timberwolves shot 41 out of 98 from the field which gave them a percentage of 41.8%. The Timberwolves permitted the Lakers to convert 30 out of their 78 tries from the floor which left them shooting 38.5% for this contest. They finished 27.9% from 3-point land by hitting 12 of 43 and ended up going 20 out of 29 at the free throw line (69.0%). In reference to rebounds, Minnesota permitted Los Angeles to grab 35 in all (1 offensive).
Karl-Anthony Towns was important for the Timberwolves in the game. Towns totaled 28 points in his 32 mins on the court and tallied 4 dimes for the matchup. He converted 11 of 20 in this contest giving him a rate of 55.0%, and had 10 rebounds.
Minnesota has a record of 14-15 for the year. The Timberwolves commit 22.7 fouls per contest while shooting 76.6% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 23.1 times per game (18th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 15.6 times per game. Minnesota has accounted for 3,152 points so far this season (108.7 per game) and they pull down 45.6 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Timberwolves are shooting 42.7% from the floor, which is 27th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves on the defensive end are ranked 19th in basketball in PPG given up with 108.7. They are forcing their opponents into 17.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.7% from the floor (12th in basketball). The Minnesota defense gives up 33.5% on shots from beyond the arc (364 of 1,086) and their opponents are converting on 77.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 25.3 dimes and 47.0 boards per contest, ranking them 26th and 27th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Dallas (+3.5)
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