Mavericks vs. Timberwolves Prediction
Will the Mavericks cover as a road underdog tonight when they visit the Timberwolves at 8:00PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Timberwolves are now 5-point home favorites versus the Mavericks after opening as a 4.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 199.5 and has been bet down to 196 at the majority of online and Vegas sports books.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 points, with three rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three turnovers in 30 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday. Those 30 minutes were the most he's played since the opener, but the Mavs are still expected to manage his minutes. Andrew Bogut also played 29 minutes, his most since November, scoring two points with 11 rebounds and one blocked shot.
Zach LaVine matched his career-high with nine rebounds in a 94-92 loss to the Jazz on Saturday night, adding 24 points with four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in the loss. Andrew Wiggins was 6-of-19 from the field for 16 points while Shabazz Muhammad scored five points in his return to action. He had been battling an illness and was questionable for the game before suiting up.
OUR PREDICTION: The Timberwolves have been the worst bet in basketball this season, covering at just 40-percent. They've also struggled to cover against the Mavericks specifically, going 0-4 at the betting window in their last four meetings with Dallas. The Mavs are also 16-5 against the spread in their last 21 trips to Minnesota, while the road team has cashed in 36 of the last 52 meetings between these two teams.
MONDAY NBA PREDICTION: DALLAS MAVERICKS +5