Minnesota Timberwolves (0-1) vs Dallas Mavericks (0-1 )Date : 10/20/2018
Time : 8:30 PM ET
Location : American Airlines Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks will welcome the T-Wolves to American Airline Center for their first home opener, the Mavericks weren’t able to win their first game as they fell to the Suns as for the Timberwolves they lost to the Spurs in a nail-biter. Game tips off at 8:30 PM ET.
Minnesota Timberwolves 's Latest Performance :
The Wolves will have to forget all the drama that is happening in the background and focus on basketball. They did just that but came short against the Spurs but it was still a great effort considering all the buzz between Towns and Butler. The Wolves have a great team on paper they will need to figure out how to make it work sooner or later if no one will be traded. Jimmy Bulter hit a game-tying 3-pointer in the final minute despite shooting 9-of-23 from the field he still showed that he wanted to win. The Wolves problem remained the same as they gave up 112 points 31 in the fourth and shot 44 percent from 3-point land. Playing against the Mavs would require Towns and Butler to come together because the next thing they want is they end up losing to the Mavs who are a team filled with young talent.
Player to watch: Karl Anthony Towns will have a better game against the Mavs after fouling out in his first game. He will have the mismatches against the Mavs as I expect him to put up big numbers in his second game.
Dallas Mavericks 's Latest Performance :
The Mavs will look to bounce back after losing out against the Suns in their season opener. They will have to do a better job running out to three-point shooters as they allowed too many wide open shots. That will have to change against the Wolves in their home opener. Luka Doncic responded in his first NBA game with 10 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. He also committed four turnovers and was 5-of-16 from the floor while missing all five of his 3-point attempts. He doesn’t feel fazed by his performance because he knows that the regular season is a marathon, not a sprint and he has 81 games to get better although he did show glimpses of what he is capable of doing on the floor. Dennis Smith Jr. will have to play better in his next game and can’t afford shoot 6-of-19 from the field. He has the potential to be a great point guard in the league with the amount of athleticism he has.
Player to watch: Harrison Barnes, he is the team’s leading scorer and was missed in their season opener he is projected to be back against the Wolves and will be going up against Bulter. With Barnes on the floor would allow everyone on the team to shift back to their normal position.
How Minnesota Timberwolves & Dallas Mavericks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Mavericks are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Northwest.
Timberwolves are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games.
Against The Spread Selection: Minnesota Timberwolves
My reason for the pick :
The Timberwolves shouldn’t have any problem beating the Mavs on the road. Towns will have to aware of his foul situation because it might cost the team a game. Towns is one of the most valuable players on this Wolves team and they need his presence during crunch time. It is going to be hard for Dallas to contain Towns as they have no real big man beside Jordan who is too slow to keep up with Towns. Harrison Barnes is not fully healthy but will still be able to contribute but it won’t be enough. Luka will have a decent game but his teammates won’t be able to hit shots as their struggles continue. The Wolves will cruise past the Mavs in this one.
Betting trends for Minnesota Timberwolves :
- Timberwolves are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games.
Betting trends for Dallas Mavericks :
- Mavericks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.