Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 11/30/13
Minnesota Timberwolves (8-9) at Dallas Mavericks (10-6)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 212 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves hope to halt their three-game skid when they take on the Dallas Mavericks tonight.
The Timberwolves started the season with so much promise but have been in a bit of a slump lately, losing their five of their last six and their last three straight. Kevin Love scored 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Kevin Martin poured in 29 points, but the Wolves were simply outmatched on the bench as their reserves were outscored by 47-10. Defensively, the Wolves allowed the Nuggets to shoot 51.1 percent from the field which has been the case all season as they actually rank 21st in the league in points allowed (100.9 ppg).
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Meanwhile, the Mavericks have lost three of their last four and are coming off a heartbreaking 88-87 loss against the Hawks as Al Horford knocked down a 20-footer with just 4.2 seconds left to complete a dramatic comeback from a deficit of 17 points. As a team, the Mavs were fine for the first tthree quarters until they went ice cold in the fourth, getting outscored by 12-24 which was the difference in the end. Dirk Nowitzki and Jose Calderon led the team with 16 points apiece, while Monta Ellis had a terrible night of just 12 points with seven turnovers. With the loss, Dallas fall to 10-7 on the season and 2-6 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, while the Mavs are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games playing on no days rest and 22-5 ATS in their last 27 games following a loss.
Head to head, the Wolves are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Dallas.
The Mavs will be so disappointed that they let last night's game slip away from them, but the good thing about the NBA is that you don't have too much time to dwell on missed opportunities. Dallas have a dominant 8-1 record at home but I think the well-rested Timberwolves have a good shot at upsetting that record tonight, because the Thanksgiving break came right when they needed it most.