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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks wrap up the regular season on Sunday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They clinched a place in the top six with their win over the Raptors on May 14, but there is plenty for Luka Doncic and company to play for in their final game.

Minnesota has lost two straight but features plenty of young talent that could give Dallas issues. If the Mavericks win, they finish fifth in the Western Conference. That would allow them to close the season on a three-game winning streak and keep them hot heading into the playoffs.

Fans will not want to miss Sunday’s game. Here is how and what to watch for as the Mavericks face the Timberwolves.

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Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves: How to watch

Start time: 8:00 p.m. CT or 9:00 p.m. ET

How to watch: Bally Sports Southwest (Dallas market), Bally Sports North (Minnesota market)

Watch online: Bally Sports app (both local market), NBA League Pass

Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves injury updates

The Mavs listed Maxi Kleber as doubtful with an Achilles injury on the NBA’s official injury report. He missed the last game with the issue, and the injury is a bit worrying for Dallas supporters. J.J. Redick is listed as out with a heel injury.

The Timberwolves lost to the Celtics on Saturday afternoon, so they did not have to submit an official injury report. Malik Beasley and Jarrett Culver both missed their game on May 15. Minnesota could gain a few more lottery balls with a loss, so do not be surprised to see them rest players in their season finale.

Be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff for all the latest.

Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves storyline to follow: Grabbing fifth

The Mavericks have won the first two meetings against Minnesota this season. Luka Doncic shot the ball poorly in both games. He was nine of 22 from the field in the February win. Minnesota held him to six of 16 in March, but the Mavs walked away with a dominating victory. Expect Luka to come out hot on Sunday night as Dallas looks to clinch the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

The Mavericks, Trail Blazers, and Lakers all tip off at 8 p.m. CT. There will be plenty of drama. Portland faces Denver, and the Nuggets want no part of a win. It would likely match them up against the Lakers in the first round. Expect plenty of jockeying in the standings to try to create the desired playoff matchup. Do not miss it.

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