Mavericks to gun down host Timberwolves?

Mavericks to gun down host Timberwolves?

The Mavericks have a habit of giving the Timberwolves the business. That must continue today if Dirk Nowitzki and his teammates are to make a genuine playoff push.

Aiming to sweep this season series for the second consecutive year and the sixth time in franchise history, Dallas visits the Target Center at 3:30 p.m. ET. Online sports book Bovada.lv prefers Rick Carlisle’s squad as a 2.5-point favorite, with the over/under total at 204.5.

Bet on Today's NBA Games

Friday evening featured another major challenge for the injury-depleted Mavs. They pulled through in a 98-89 win at Detroit, though, despite missing Deron Williams (sports hernia), Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) and Raymond Felton (groin strain). Stellar defense continues to be the calling card, with recent opponents such as the Pistons, Nuggets and Knicks unable to crack the 90-point mark.

Ostensibly, Minnesota figures to provide little resistance, either. Sam Mitchell’s club shot 39.2 percent in defeats of 99-79 on Wednesday and 98-85 on Friday. At least Anthony Wiggins keeps churning out big-time scoring performances, accompanied by rookie Karl Anthony-Towns’ flair for double-doubles.

NBA Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

Yet Dallas boasts a 14-3 record in the Twin Cities over the last nine seasons. Clinging to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, the Mavericks want a certifiable positive before closing the campaign with four games against the Clippers, Jazz, Spurs and Grizzlies. It’ll happen here.

SUNDAY NBA FREE PICK: MAVERICKS -2.5

Want More From TheSpread.com? Follow on Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!

Loading...

NBA Headlines

NBA Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Pacers vs. Suns Prediction The Suns should add to their impressive win column on Saturday night when they host the struggling Pacers at 9:00 p.m. ET. That said, Phoenix has had issues covering...
Thumbnail Bulls vs. Bucks NBA Prediction The Bulls are banged up entering Friday night’s matchup with the Bucks at 8:00 p.m. ET, but Milwaukee has also dropped six of its last 10 games both straight up and...
Thumbnail Heat vs. Hawks Friday Prediction The Heat and the Hawks will meet for the third time in less than two weeks when the two teams square off in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday. The Heat won the last two...
Thumbnail Pacers vs. Warriors Prediction The second game of TNT’s Thursday night double header in the NBA takes place in San Francisco, where the Warriors will host the pacers at 10:00 p.m. ET. Is 216 too...
Thumbnail Suns vs. Mavericks Prediction The TNT NBA double header will start in Dallas on Thursday night when the Mavericks host the Suns at 7:30 p.m. ET. With the Suns laying 3.5 points and the total sitting at...