Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 3/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-7)
Target Center is the venue where and the Minnesota Timberwolves (10-33) will take on the Dallas Mavericks (22-19) on Wednesday. Minnesota opens this contest as 7-point dogs. The O/U opens at 229.
The Dallas Mavericks took the court against the Portland Blazers and notched a win by a score of 132-92 in their last game. Dallas ended with a 55.8% FG percentage (48 out of 86) and made 19 out of their 37 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Mavericks converted 17 of their 20 tries for a rate of 85.0%. Concerning getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 52 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 23 assists for this contest while forcing 6 turnovers and earning 4 steals. Pertaining to defending, Dallas allowed 38.2% from the field on 34 out of 89 shooting. Portland totaled 17 assists and had 7 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Portland pulled down 33 rebounds (9 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Portland finished 78.9% when shooting free throws by knocking down 15 of 19 attempts. They also knocked down 9 of 41 attempts from three-point range.
Luka Doncic is one guy who was a contributor for the matchup. He accounted for 37 points on 13 out of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 29:36 minutes and also pulled down 7 rebounds. Doncic ended up shooting 68.4% from the floor and distributed 4 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Mavericks was Josh Richardson. He had 3 rebounds in his 29:31 minutes on the hardwood. He finished the game at 72.7% from the floor for this contest by hitting 8-of-11 (21 points). When this game wrapped up, Richardson totaled 4 assists.
Dallas will enter this matchup with a record of 22-19 so far this year. They average 112.1 points per outing (16th in the NBA) while going 47.1% from the field. The Mavericks are hitting 36.3% on shots from 3-point land (561 of 1,547) and 78.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Dallas is pulling down 42.9 rebounds per game and has earned 930 dimes for the year, which is 28th in the league in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.8 fouls every game. When they are on the defensive end, the Mavericks are able to force 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.6 fouls. They are surrendering 37.1% on shots from distance and they rank 13th in the league in PPG allowed (111.1). The Mavericks defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 45.9% (522 of 844) and they surrender 44.6 boards per game as a unit. They are 2nd in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 937 relinquished for the season.
The last time they took the court, the Minnesota Timberwolves took a defeat with a final score of 112-103 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Timberwolves pulled down 31 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 42 for this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while getting 11 steals in the game. The Thunder were called for 14 fouls for the matchup which got the Timberwolves to the free throw line for 18 attempts. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throw tries for a clip of 72.2%. In terms of shots from 3-point land, Minnesota made 14 out of their 39 tries (35.9%). When this game wrapped up, the Timberwolves ended up shooting 38 for 92 from the field which had them shooting 41.3%. The Timberwolves allowed the Thunder to knock down 41 of their 87 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 47.1% in this contest. They went 56.8% from distance by connecting on 21 of 37 and finished the game at 9 of 10 from the charity stripe (90.0%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Minnesota allowed Oklahoma City to get 47 in total (9 offensive).
Karl-Anthony Towns ended up being a major contributor for the Timberwolves in the matchup. He made 10 out of 28 in the matchup giving him a rate of 35.7%, and accumulated 10 rebounds. Towns earned 33 points in his 38:26 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 1 assist in this contest. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Minnesota was Anthony Edwards. He walked away with 3 dimes in 32:10 mins on the court, and he knocked down 6 of 16 from the floor. Edwards walked away from this one going 37.5% from the field while also earning 16 points and 2 boards.
Minnesota has a mark of 10-33 on the season. The Timberwolves commit 21.5 personal fouls per contest and they hit 76.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 25.0 times per game (13th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.6 times per game. Minnesota has tallied 4,703 points this year (109.4 per game) and they grab 43.0 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Timberwolves are hitting on 44.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 27th in the NBA. The Timberwolves on the defensive side of the court are 28th in basketball in points given up per game with 117.1. They give up 26.2 dimes and 46.8 boards on a nightly basis, which is 26th and 25th in the league. The Minnesota defense surrenders 38.4% on shots from distance (518 of 1,349) and opponents are connecting on 79.3% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 15.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (29th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Dallas (-7)
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