Minnesota Timberwolves (1-1) at Dallas Mavericks (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +2.5 -- Over/Under: 216 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks meet Saturday in NBA action at the American Airlines Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look for their first road victory of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 119.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 117.5 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 28 points and seven rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 21 points and 2.5 assists. Jeff Teague is the third double-digit scorer and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 91.9 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 39.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last six road games.
The Dallas Mavericks will play their home opener and hope to avoid an 0-2 start for the third straight season. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 100 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 121 points on 54.3 percent shooting. Dwight Powell is averaging 16 points and five rebounds while Wesley Matthews is averaging 15 points and five assists. Dennis Smith Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Dorian Finney-Smith is grabbing three rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 55.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost five of their last six home games.
The Timberwolves are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 12-2 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Dallas, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the end of a back to back and have been shaky defensively in two games, and they're still dealing with a roster that's not exactly happy that Jimmy Butler is still on the team. There's a lot of tension going on in Minnesota and makes this team hard to bet. However, the Timberwolves are head and shoulders the more talented team here, and the Dallas Mavericks are coming off one of the worst losses of the opening days, getting smoked by the Phoenix Suns. I'm going to lay the bucket with the Timberwolves, as this is a game they should win, off the court issues or not.