Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 30, 2024

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May 30, 2024 7:10 AM
The Minnesota Timberwolves look to extend their season on Thursday, May 30, as they host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals at Target Center. After finally getting back to their stingy defensive ways, the T-wolves are seeking to build momentum and overcome a 3-1 deficit in the series. In a must-win game, Minnesota will need to bring their A-game against the Mavericks to force a Game 6.
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Minnesota Timberwolves recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/28/24 @ Dallas Mavericks W 105-100
5/26/24 @ Dallas Mavericks L 116-107
5/24/24 vs Dallas Mavericks L 109-108
5/22/24 vs Dallas Mavericks L 108-105
5/19/24 @ Denver Nuggets W 98-90

Dallas Mavericks recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/28/24 vs Minnesota Timberwolves L 105-100
5/26/24 vs Minnesota Timberwolves W 116-107
5/24/24 @ Minnesota Timberwolves W 109-108
5/22/24 @ Minnesota Timberwolves W 108-105
5/18/24 vs Oklahoma City Thunder W 117-116

Mavericks vs Timberwolves predictions

In the pivotal Game 5 of the NBA Western Finals, the Dallas Mavericks will rely heavily on their star player Luka Doncic despite his knee sprain, to maintain their series lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Doncic, who usually strings together impressive performances, is projected to play 41 minutes with an output potentially close to 29.5 points, along with approximately 9 assists and 9 rebounds, showcasing his all-round abilities. Additionally, Kyrie Irving is expected to have a significant impact. Playing a substantial 42 minutes, his scoring ability will be crucial; he might drop around 24 points and contribute over 5 assists. These contributions are vital for setting the tempo against a resilient Timberwolves team.

On the flip side, the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to extend the series with a strong showing at the Target Center. Anthony Edwards remains pivotal to the Timberwolves’ offense and is anticipated to be on the court for 41 minutes, potentially racking up nearly 27 points and contributing significantly on the boards and assists. Rudy Gobert will be a key figure defensively and on the rebounding front, possibly pulling down around 14 rebounds and adding over 14 points to the scoreboard. His defensive presence with nearly 2 blocks per game could be instrumental in curtailing the Mavericks' offensive schemes.

Given the intensity and stakes of the game, the Timberwolves playing at home with a more desperate edge, might just tip the scales in their favor this time around. The defensive strategies and the energy from the home crowd are expected to uplift the Timberwolves and help them secure a victory. Dallas has shown vulnerabilities and with the Timberwolves' increased defensive pressure and offensive output from key players, it seems plausible that Minnesota will emerge victorious in this high-tension matchup, narrowing the series gap.

Minnesota Timberwolves injuries

  • Mike Conley (PG): Day-To-Day
  • Jaylen Clark (G): Out

Dallas Mavericks injuries

  • Olivier-Maxence Prosper (F): Out
  • Dereck Lively II (C): Day-To-Day
  • Luka Doncic (PG): Day-To-Day
  • Greg Brown III (PF): Out

Mavericks vs Timberwolves game info

Venue Target Center
Location Minneapolis, MN
Tip-off Thu 8:30 PM

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