Minnesota Timberwolves vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 2/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+9)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (6-17) are headed to American Airlines Center on Monday where they'll take on the Dallas Mavericks (10-14). Minnesota opens this matchup as 9-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 222.
The Minnesota Timberwolves took the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder and went home with a loss by a final score of 120-118 in their last contest. Minnesota ended the game with a 50.5% field goal percentage (47 out of 93) and made 12 of their 36 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Timberwolves made 12 of their 22 shots for a rate of 54.5%. In terms of hauling in boards, they earned 40 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 27 assists in the game as well as earning 12 steals and 3 blocked shots. With regard to the defense, Minnesota let their opponent shoot 51.1% from the field on 46 out of 90 shooting. Oklahoma City recorded 25 dimes and had 8 steals in this game. Additionally, the Thunder pulled down 43 rebounds (8 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Oklahoma City ended up going 80.0% when shooting free throws by burying 16 of 20 shots. They also buried 12 of 33 shots from 3-point land.
Naz Reid is one player who played a role in this matchup. He ended up with 29 points on 12 out of 21 shooting. He played 27:05 minutes and grabbed 6 rebounds. Reid finished 57.1% from the field and also dished out 2 dimes. Another guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Timberwolves was Anthony Edwards. He grabbed 8 rebounds and also accumulated 4 assists. He finished shooting 50.0% from the field for the contest by going 8-of-16 (20 points). When all was said and done, Edwards was on the court for 31:15 minutes.
Minnesota enters this matchup with a record of 6-17 for the year. They are averaging 106.9 points per game (27th in the NBA) while connecting on 43.8% from the floor. The Timberwolves are hitting 34.3% from downtown (273 of 796) and 74.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Minnesota is pulling in 43.7 boards per game and has totaled 551 assists for the campaign, which ranks 17th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 14.5 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 21.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Timberwolves are forcing 15.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. They are conceding 37.4% on three-point shots while they are 25th in the NBA in points per game allowed (115.0). The Timberwolves are giving up a FG percentage of 47.4% (347 of 422) and they relinquish 47.0 rebounds per game as a group. They rank 25th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 600 relinquished for the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Dallas Mavericks got the victory with a final of 134-132 against the Golden State Warriors. The Mavericks earned 32 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive boards totaling 47 for this game. They also rejected 2 tries while getting 5 steals for the matchup. The Warriors committed 24 personal fouls for the contest which took the Mavericks to the free throw line for 30 tries. They were able to convert 25 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 83.3%. In the matter of 3-point attempts, Dallas made 21 of their 47 attempts (44.7%). Overall, the Mavericks finished the game shooting 44 for 96 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.8%. The Mavericks permitted the Warriors to knock down 46 of their 86 tries from the field which had them shooting 53.5% in this game. They finished shooting 44.4% from three-point range by connecting on 20 of 45 and walked away from this one shooting 20 of 23 at the free throw line (87.0%). When discussing team rebounding, Dallas permitted Golden State to snag 40 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Luka Dončić ended up being a factor for the Mavericks in this contest. He made 12 out of 23 in this matchup for a rate of 52.2%, which gave him 42 points. Dončić had 7 boards in his 38:11 minutes of playing time and had 11 dimes in the game. Someone else who was a determining factor for Dallas was Kristaps Porziņģis. He was able to score 18 points in 31:09 minutes on the court by way of 7 out of 18 shooting for this contest. Porziņģis wrapped this one up going 38.9% from the field while contributing 3 assists and 10 boards.
Dallas has a win-loss mark of 10-14 for the season. The Mavericks are responsible for committing 20.8 personal fouls every game and they hit 77.1% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 22.6 times per game (27th in the league) and they turn the ball over 12.3 times per contest. Dallas has earned 2,654 pts for the season (110.6 per game) and they grab 42.8 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Mavericks are hitting on 45.6% from the field, which ranks 18th in the NBA. The Mavericks on the defensive end are ranked 21st in basketball in points allowed per contest with 113.3. They are forcing 14.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the floor (19th in basketball). The Dallas defense surrenders 36.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (318 of 865) and their opposition knocks down 77.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 23.6 dimes and 46.5 rebounds per game, which is 9th and 24th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Dallas (-9) and over 222 points
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