Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/19/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves (14-15) vs Dallas Mavericks (15-15)

Game Info: Monday, December 19, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves +3.5 -- Over/Under: 227.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves play host to the Dallas Mavericks at the Target Center on Monday night.

The Dallas Mavericks have been in a rut as they’ve lost four of their last six games and they will be hoping to bounce back in this one after falling painfully short to the Cavaliers in a 100-99 overtime road loss on Saturday. Kemba Walker led the way with 32 points, five rebounds and seven assists on 12 of 25 shooting, Christian Wood added 26 points and 14 rebounds on nine of 18 shooting while Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Mavericks shot just 40 percent from the field and 15 of 49 from the 3-point line as they took it to the Cavaliers and led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, but they never put the Cavaliers away and got burned in overtime where they managed just three points in a disjointed effort.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in decent form as they’ve won five of their last nine games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after blowing past the struggling Bulls in a 150-126 home win last night. Anthony Edwards led the team with 37 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists, D’Angelo Russell added 28 points with eight assists while Jaden McDaniels tallied 15 points with eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks. As a team, the Timberwolves shot a sizzling 65 percent from the field and 23 of 43 from the 3-point line as they poured in 39 points in the second quarter to take the narrow lead into halftime, before they exploded for 79 points in the second half to make it a complete blowout.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Mavericks are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games, 0-7-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record and 7-17-2 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a losing road record.

Head to head, the over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings overall and the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Minnesota.

The Mavericks could be severely shorthanded in this one as Luka Doncic, Dwight Powell, Tim Hardaway Jr and Davis Bertans are all questionable, while the Timberwolves are keeping an eye on Rudy Gobert who is listed as day to day. So much depends on who is available for the Mavericks as they already seem thin when Doncic sits out, so I’ll lean towards the Timberwolves to continue their run with another win at home, but this is definitely a game where you want to check the starting lineups before tipoff. 

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Peter’s Pick Minnesota +3.5

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