Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 5/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
The Dallas Mavericks (42-29) travel to Target Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (22-48).
The Dallas Mavericks faced off with the Toronto Raptors and walked away with a win by a score of 114-110 in their last game. Dallas finished the game with a 43.3% FG percentage (39 of 90) and made 17 of 42 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Mavericks knocked down 19 of 21 attempts for a rate of 90.5%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned 42 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 27 assists in this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and earning 4 steals. Regarding the defense, Dallas allowed their opponent to shoot 49.4% from the floor on 42 out of 85 shooting. Toronto distributed 19 dimes and had 7 steals for this contest. Moreover, Toronto totaled 44 rebounds (4 offensive, 40 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Toronto finished 76.5% from the free throw line by knocking down 13 of 17 attempts. They made 13 out of their 38 tries from downtown.
Kristaps Porzingis is one player who played a role for the game. He totaled 21 points on 9 of 19 shooting. He played for 34:23 minutes played and pulled down 10 boards. Porziņģis finished the contest at 47.4% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in the game for the Mavericks was Luka Doncic. He collected 10 rebounds in his 34:13 min played on the night. He finished 36.8% from the floor in this game via 7-of-19 (20 points). When the final whistle blew, Doncic accounted for 11 assists.
Dallas heads into this game with a record of 42-29 so far this year. They cough up possession 12.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Dallas is grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game and has accumulated 1,615 dimes for the season, which is 26th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Mavericks are hitting 36.1% on shots from 3-point land (978 of 2,706) and 77.7% from the free throw line. They have an average of 112.3 points per game (17th in basketball) while going 47.0% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Mavericks have forced 12.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.1 personal fouls. They currently rank 2nd in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,596 surrendered this season. The Mavericks are giving up a shooting percentage of 45.9% (898 of 1,424) and they concede 44.0 rebounds per game as a group. They concede 36.4% on shots from distance while they are 8th in the league in PPG allowed (109.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Minnesota Timberwolves took a loss by a final score of 114-103 against the Denver Nuggets. The Timberwolves collected 32 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for this game. They also coughed up the ball 15 times, while getting 3 steals for this contest. The Nuggets were called for 25 fouls for the game which took the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for a total of 32 shots. They were able to bury 19 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 59.4%. When it comes to shots from downtown, Minnesota knocked down 16 out of 41 tries (39.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Timberwolves ended up shooting 34 for 80 from the floor which had them at 42.5%. The Timberwolves allowed the Nuggets to bury 46 out of their 96 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 47.9% for this contest. They finished shooting 33.3% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 12 out of 36 and finished the game at 10 of 11 at the free throw line (90.9%). In the matter of rebounding, Minnesota permitted Denver to grab 53 in all (14 offensive).
Anthony Edwards was important for the Timberwolves for the game. He made 8 of 16 in this game giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 7 rebounds. Edwards racked up 29 points in his 39:29 minutes of playing time and accounted for 5 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy who came through for Minnesota was Karl-Anthony Towns. He ended up finishing with 4 assists in his 39:01 mins on the court, and he knocked down 6 of 18 from the floor. Towns ended up shooting 33.3% from the floor as well as contributing 20 points and 11 total rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 22-48 this season. Minnesota has totaled 7,829 points so far this year (111.8 per game) and they pull in 43.5 boards per contest. The Timberwolves commit 20.9 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 76.0% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Timberwolves are connecting on 44.7% from the floor, which is ranked 27th in the NBA. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 25.6 times per game (12th in the league) and they turn it over 14.3 times per game. The Timberwolves defensively are ranked 29th in basketball in points given up per game with 117.5. They surrender 26.8 assists and 45.9 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 29th and 23rd in basketball. The Minnesota defense concedes 39.1% on shots from beyond the arc (911 of 2,332) and opponents are knocking down 78.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 15.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 48.2% from the field (28th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Dallas
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