The Dallas Mavericks have gone 26-10 since the start of 2022 to climb up the standings. They have the fourth-best record in the league over that stretch, but two straight losses have the Mavs on the verge of the play-in tournament. Dallas sits fifth in the Western Conference, but they are just 1.5 games ahead of both the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Finishing seventh means a spot in the dreaded play-in tournament, which could put the Mavs two losses from an early end to the season and lottery pick. The Mavs own the tiebreaker over Denver, but the season series against Minnesota is one to one with two key contests taking place this week.
Dallas needs to win both to crush the Timberwolves' chances with 11 games remaining and avoid the play-in tournament. How can they make that a reality? In what ways can Luka Doncic pick apart the Timberwolves defense? Here is a closer look at how the Mavericks can dominate Minnesota this week.
How can the Dallas Mavericks defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves?
Minnesota has made the playoff just once since 2004, and few expected the Timberwolves to be in the postseason in 2022. The addition of Patrick Beverley has helped their defense vault to 11th in the league, and the T’Wolves have the sixth-best offense. Minnesota has won ten of their last 11 games, and they have the seventh-best net rating this season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are a dangerous opponent, and fans can bet it will be a playoff-like atmosphere inside the American Airlines Center on Monday night before the two teams lock horns again in Minnesota on Friday. Here are three things the Dallas Mavericks must do to dominate both matchups against the Wolves this week.