The NBA is set for a solid night of action on Friday night. A total of nine games are on the board for January 11. One of these games will be between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both of these teams are trying to get back into the playoff picture with a win on Friday night. This should lead to a solid contest. The game will be on at 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Dallas has started out the season with a record of 19-22. This puts the Mavericks in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. Dallas is coming off a solid win against the Phoenix Suns, but have lost four of their last six games. The Mavericks will look to inch one game closer to an even record with a win on the road on Friday night.
The Timberwolves have started the season with a 20-21 record this season. Minnesota is currently sitting in tenth place of the Western Conference. The Timberwolves have been doing really well recently, winning three games in a row. Minnesota can get back to an even record with a victory against the Mavericks.
Friday night’s matchup will be the second game of the season series between the Mavericks and the Timberwolves. Dallas and Minnesota met up early in the season on October 20. These two teams are both still in the thick of things in the Western Conference, but with each team having a losing record. Every win counts right now as they try to battle their way back into the playoffs.
The Mavericks and the Timberwolves met up four times last season. Dallas was not very competitive, while the Timberwolves were able to make the playoffs. The first two games of the season series were dominated by Minnesota, with the Timberwolves winning each game by at least 13 points. The last two games were closer, but Minnesota was able to win both matchups. The Timberwolves took the last two games by scores of 97-92 and 93-92.
The first matchup of this seasons series was hosted by Dallas. Karl-Anthony Towns had a solid night as he dropped 31 points. Derrick Rose had a big night off the bench as he scored 28 points. Luka Doncic had a big night, scoring 26 points. DeAndre Jordan had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and Dwight Powell each had 19 points to help lead the Mavericks to a 140-136 win.
Minnesota had won five games in a row against the Mavericks before Dallas’ win in the first matchup of this season. The Mavericks have had an up and down season, but have had a lot of signs of good potential from their younger guys. I believe that this could help Dallas take a second straight game against the Timberwolves with an upset on Friday night.
Three Point Shooting
Dallas has not been great at shooting the three ball this season, but they have been great at defending it. The Mavericks are making around 34.6 percent of their three-pointers, which is in the bottom half of the league. Dallas has held their opponents to a 34.1 percent three-point percentage, which is top ten in the league.
The Timberwolves have been a solid three-point shooting team, but have been terrible at defending behind the arc. Minnesota has made 35.6 percent of their shots from behind the arc. The Timberwolves have allowed their opponents to make 37.4 percent of their three-point shots, which is dead last in the NBA rankings.
The battle from behind the three-point line should be a good matchup to pay attention to on Friday night. Dallas has a chance to put up a solid night from behind the arc because of the Timberwolves poor three-point shooting. The Mavericks will need their defense to play a solid role slowing down Minnesota’s three-point offense.
The Mavericks forwards have been a big part of Dallas’ offense. Luka Doncic has been doing extremely well this season in his rookie campaign at the Power Forward spot. Doncic has averaged 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists per game this season. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18 points per game at the Small Forward spot. Wesley Matthews is averaging 14 points per game this season. DeAndre Jordan has averaged 11 points and 14 rebounds per game in his first season with the Mavericks.
Karl-Anthony Towns has been the leader for the Timberwolves at the Center spot. Towns is averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds per game. Derrick Rose has had a solid bounce-back season coming in off the bench. Rose has averaged 19 points per game. Andrew Wiggins is coming off a big night against the Thunder on Tuesday night. Wiggins is averaging 18 points per game. Robert Covington is questionable for Friday night’s game. He has averaged 14.5 points per game this season.
DeAndre Jordan will need to have a strong night in the paint as he goes up against Towns on Friday night. I believe that Luka Doncic could have a solid night as he goes up against Taj Gibson. Doncic could use his quickness to beat Gibson on offense. Rose will matchup with J.J. Barea off of the bench. The Mavericks will need Matthews and Barnes to have solid two way games if they want to pull off the victory.
Minnesota found a lot of success against the Mavericks last season and I believe Dallas could return the favor with their second win of the season series. The Mavericks matchup with the Timberwolves really well, which could help them pull off the win. Dallas could also take advantage from behind the three-point line.
BetOnline has Minnesota listed as a -5 against the spread. I believe that the Timberwolves should be favored at home, but this number is a little high. I believe that the Mavericks will keep this game close. Dallas has a chance to win this game and I believe that it will lead to a good game. Minnesota is on a bit of a winning streak, which is bound to come to an end at some point. I am taking the Mavericks with the points on Friday night.