Mavericks vs. Timberwolves prediction, odds, how to watch

Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
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The Dallas Mavericks lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, despite Tim Hardaway Jr. dropping 28 points. The two teams now head to Dallas for a rematch on Dec. 21.

Both teams will be shorthanded on Tuesday night. Superstar Luka Doncic will miss his fifth straight game with an ankle injury, and the Mavs have five other players listed as out. Minnesota is without five players of their own as they head to Dallas.

Mavericks fans are in for a treat on Dec. 21 as Dirk Nowitzki will be on the call for Bally Sports. It will be a cannot miss contest, so here is a look at how to watch, the odds, and more.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: How to watch

Start time: 7:30 p.m. CT or 8:30 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 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Injury report

The Mavs ruled out Luka Doncic (ankle), Reggie Bullock (health and safety), Maxi Kleber (health and safety), Josh Green (health and safety), Willie Cauley-Stein (personal), and Eugene Omoruyi (foot) for Tuesday’s game. Kristaps Porzingis is listed questionable with a toe injury that forced him to miss the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.

The Timberwolves have Anthony Edwards, Patrick Beverley, Josh Okogie, Taurean Prince, and Jarred Vanderbilt listed as out in the health and safety protocols,

More players could enter the protocols before tipoff, so be sure to check social media before tipoff for the latest and an update on KP’s status.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves odds, spread, over/under

According to WynnBet, the shorthanded Mavs are 1.5-point favorites heading into Tuesday’s game. They are minus-125 on the moneyline, and the game's over/under is set at 214.5.

The Mavs over/under is 108.0, which they have gone over just once in the eight games without Luka Doncic this season. 

Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves predictions

The Timberwolves defeat the Mavs at the American Airlines Center behind strong performances from Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. Dallas is just too shorthanded. Expect Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson to go off, but it will not be enough on Tuesday night.

The Mavericks signed three to replace Maxi Kleber, Reggie Bullock, and Josh Green. Expect Theo Pinson, Marquese Chriss, and George King to be active against the Timberwolves, and it will be interesting to see if they crack the rotation.

The Dallas Mavericks need all the help they can get on Tuesday night. Be sure to tune in to hear Dirk Nowitzki on the broadcast and to see if the Mavs can pick up a shorthanded win on their home floor.

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