5 Reasons the Mavericks will destroy Timberwolves in Conference Finals

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2. Mavericks have the most size Timberwolves have faced in the playoffs thus far

Make no mistake about it, the Denver Nuggets have an abundance of size in their rotation, so the Minnesota Timberwolves were certainly given a far more challenging task from a size perspective in their second-round series compared to their first-round matchup versus the Phoenix Suns. The Timberwolves are arguably one of the biggest teams in the league, as they have 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert manning the middle to go in tandem with a flurry of long wings and hybrid big men such as Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Naz Reid, and Kyle Anderson.

The Timberwolves' size has aided their defense and rebounding tremendously, but the Mavericks are the biggest opponents that they will have faced yet, especially if the Mavericks can regain Maxi Kleber at any point in this coming series. The Timberwolves faced a tall task having to guard the likes of 7-foot Nikola Jokic with Denver's larger dynamic wings in Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon, but the Nuggets didn't have a reliable backup big-man in their playoff rotation nor have as deep of a rotation of rangy and athletic wings as the Mavericks do.

The Timberwolves have the tallest average height out of any team remaining in the playoffs barring the Boston Celtics, with 6-foot-7 being their average height across the board. Dallas isn't going to gain some huge size advantage over the Timberwolves, but Dallas clearly has the most size, length, and strength out of anyone the Timberwolves have faced in these playoffs.

This gives the Mavericks the ability to beat the Timberwolves from a rebounding and defensive standpoint, as the Mavericks have been far more tailor-made to play bigger lineups compared to what the Timberwolves are used to. Dallas' best player in Luka Doncic is also a stocky 6-foot-7, so he won't get pushed around at the point-of-attack on the offensive side near as much as Jamal Murray did in Denver's series versus Minnesota.

As aforementioned, the Mavericks aren't going to have a size advantage for the remainder of the playoffs. However, after acquiring both Daniel Gafford and P.J. Washington to help fortify Dallas' backline during the trade deadline. And as we've seen during these playoffs, the Mavericks have enough size to beat anyone in the league so long as their effort on defense is present and they are somewhat clicking offensively.