Minnesota Timberwolves (6-17) at Dallas Mavericks (10-14)
NBA Basketball: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -9 -- Over/Under: 222 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks meet Monday in NBA action at the American Airlines Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 106.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 115 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22 points and 4.3 assists while Malik Beasley is averaging 20.1 points and 2.3 assists. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Anthony Edwards is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game.
The Dallas Mavericks need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 110.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 113.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 27.9 points and 9.5 assists while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Richardson is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game.
The Timberwolves are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Timberwolves last 6 overall. The over is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 overall. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Dallas and 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
I don't want to back the Minnesota Timberwolves as much as the next guy, as they're banged up, don't cover numbers and are losing on the road by an average of 10.7 points. However, the Dallas Mavericks continue to be one of the more disappointing teams in the league, and that includes losing their last five games by an average of six points, and they're just 2-8 against the spread at home this season. It's the Timberwolves and the points or pass for me.