Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 12/21/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
The Dallas Mavericks are traveling to Target Center on Wednesday where they will go up against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Mavericks took the court against the Timberwolves and took a loss by a score of 116-106 in their last contest. Dallas finished the contest having earned a 40.8% FG percentage (31 out of 76) and converted 19 of their 45 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Mavericks buried 25 of 31 attempts for a rate of 80.6%. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they earned 42 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 23 assists in this matchup while forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and having 5 steals. When talking about defense, Dallas let their opponent shoot 47.2% from the field on 42 of 89 shooting. Minnesota doled out 19 assists and had 5 steals in this game. Additionally, Minnesota had 44 rebounds (9 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Minnesota finished the contest at 83.3% from the free throw line by burying 20 of their 24 shots. They converted 12 out of their 31 attempts from beyond the arc. Regarding fouls, the Mavericks ended up finishing with 23 and the Timberwolves recorded 24 fouls.
Spencer Dinwiddie is a player who was a contributor in the game. He ended up walking away with 20 points on 6 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 minutes and totaled 2 rebounds. Dinwiddie ended up going 46.2% from the field and earned 7 assists.
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Dallas heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 15-16 for the season. They lose possession via turnover 12.9 times per contest and as a group they are committing 20.9 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Dallas is collecting 39.0 rebounds per contest and has 679 dimes this season, which has them ranked 29th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Mavericks are connecting on 36.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (462 of 1,284) and 73.2% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 111.2 points per outing (21st in the league) while connecting on 46.6% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Mavericks are able to force 14.9 turnovers per game while drawing 22.5 fouls. They rank 8th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 739 relinquished for the campaign. The Mavericks defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 48.1% (1,247 of 2,595) and they relinquish 43.2 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They relinquish 36.3% from 3-point land and they are ranked 6th in the league in opponents points per game (109.8).
In their last game, the Timberwolves took home the win by a final score of 116-106 when they played the Mavericks. The Timberwolves were able to corral 35 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 44 for the matchup. They coughed it up 10 times, while recording 5 steals for the contest. The Mavericks had 23 fouls in the matchup which took the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to convert 20 of them for a rate of 83.3%. Regarding 3-pointers, Minnesota converted 12 of their 31 tries (38.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Timberwolves went 42 for 89 from the floor which had them shooting 47.2%. The Timberwolves permitted the Mavericks to bury 31 of 76 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 40.8% for the game. They wrapped up this game 42.2% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 19 of 45 and finished the game at 25 of 31 from the charity stripe (80.6%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Minnesota allowed Dallas to grab 42 overall (8 on the offensive glass).
Anthony Edwards pitched in for the Timberwolves in this contest. Edwards earned 27 points in his 38 minutes of playing time and earned 9 assists in the matchup. He knocked down 7 out of 21 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 33.3%, and tallied 13 rebounds.
Minnesota has a mark of 16-15 on the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Timberwolves are hitting on 49.0% from the field, which ranks 3rd in basketball. Minnesota has accounted for 3,579 pts so far this season (115.5 per contest) and they average 42.6 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 26.0 times per game (10th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 16.2 times per contest. The Timberwolves are committing 21.8 personal fouls per game while shooting 78.0% from the free throw line.
The Minnesota defense concedes 37.5% on shots from behind the 3-point line (444 of 1,183) and opponents are connecting on 75.8% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 26.5 assists and 44.3 rebounds per contest, which is 28th and 22nd in basketball. The Timberwolves on the defensive side of the court are 23rd in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 115.9. They have forced 15.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.0% from the field (7th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Dallas
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