Mavericks at Timberwolves prediction, odds, how to watch

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks made the trip to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves with just ten players. Superstar Luka Doncic remains out with an ankle injury, and he stayed back in Dallas to rehab.

The Mavs put Reggie Bullock in the health and safety protocols on Saturday, while Josh Green and Frank Ntilikina are both out with an illness. Dallas will be shorthanded as they take on the Timberwolves, who have won three straight.

Fans won’t want to miss Sunday’s game, so here is a look at the odds, how to watch, and some predictions for the contest.

Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves: How to watch

Start time: 7:00 p.m. CT or 8:00 p.m. ET

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

Watch online: NBA League Pass

Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves: Injury report

The Mavs are without Luka Doncic (ankle), Reggie Bullock (health and safety), Willie Cauley-Stein (personal), Josh Green (illness), Frank Ntilikina (illness), and Eugene Omoruyi (foot) for Sunday’s game. Sterling Brown is listed as probable on the NBA’s official injury report with a foot injury that has forced him to miss six games.

Minnesota placed Anthony Edwards and Taurean Prince in the health and safety protocols, so both players will miss Sunday’s game.

With COVID cases on the rise in the NBA, be sure to check social media just before tipoff for any late-breaking injury information.

Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves odds, spread, over/under

According to WynnBet, the shorthanded Mavs are 3.0-point underdogs in Minnesota. They are plus-130 on the moneyline and the over/under for the game is 215.0.

The Mavs over/under is 105.5, which they have gone over just once in the seven games without Luka Doncic so far this season.

Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves predictions

The Mavs are going to struggle to slow down Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell on Sunday night. Add in being shorthanded, and it is just too much for Dallas to overcome as the Timberwolves win a hard-fought game on their home floor.

Kristaps Porzingis should be well-rested, and fans should expect him to have a monster performance. The Unicorn drops a 25-point double-double, but it is not enough as the Mavericks score under their total on Dec. 19.

Fans won’t want to miss Sunday’s game, so please tune in and enjoy the show.

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