Mavericks vs Timberwolves Prediction - NBA Picks 12/28/23

Minnesota Timberwolves (22-6) vs Dallas Mavericks (17-12)

Game Info: Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Timberwolves -9.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves duke it out at the Target Center on Thursday night. Here’s a Mavs vs Timberwolves Prediction.

Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks have been in a bit of a rut as they've lost five of their last eight games and they will be hoping for a better result after falling just short to the Cavaliers in a 113-110 loss last night. Luka Doncic led the team with 39 points, seven rebounds and six assists on 14 of 29 shooting, Seth Curry added 19 points off the bench while Dante Exum chipped in with 13 points and six assists. As a team, the Mavericks shot 44 percent from the field and 10 of 37 from the 3-point line as they dominated the first half to lead by as many as 20 points, only to go cold and score just 41 points in the second half to suffer one of their worst defeats of the season. The Mavericks will visit the Warriors after this one.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in great shape as they've won 11 of their last 14 games overall, but they will be looking to bounce back here after getting thrashed by the Thunder in a 129-106 road defeat on Tuesday. Anthony Edwards led the team with 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Mike Conley added 17 points while Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 27 from the 3-point line as they looked off from the start and were always playing from behind after allowing the Thunder to explode for 40 points in the first quarter. The Timberwolves were good enough to hang in the contest, until the fourth quarter where they went cold, scoring just 15 points to get completely blown out in the end. The Wolves will welcome the Lakers after this game.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Timberwolves rank 1st in the league for opponent points per game this season (107.3).
  • The Timberwolves rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (40.8).
  • The Mavericks rank 1st in the league for turnovers per game this season (11.8).
  • The Mavericks ranks 1st in the league for turnover percentage this season (10.4%).

Mavs vs Timberwolves Prediction

The Mavericks are still shorthanded with Maxi Kleber and Kyrie Irving still out, while the Timberwolves are keeping an eye on Karl-Anthony Towns who is questionable. The Mavericks are more than capable of pulling off the upset on the road if Doncic has another monster game, but he's going to need some help against this Conference-leading Timberwolves squad. The Timberwolves have opened as heavy favorites at home and I think they're good enough to take advantage of this depleted Mavericks squad riddled with injuries. 

Peter’s Pick Minnesota -9.5

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