Mavericks vs Timberwolves Prediction Game 4 NBA West 5/28

Mavericks vs Timberwolves Prediction Game 4 NBA West 5/28

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NBA Playoffs: Timberwolves vs. Mavericks Game 4 Preview and Prediction

Dallas, TX; May 28, 2024, 5:30 PM EST

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total Moneyline
5:30 PM MIN +1.5 (-105) o210.5 (-110) +105
- DAL -1.5 (-115) u210.5 (-110) -125

 

Game Overview

The Minnesota Timberwolves (56-26) visit the Dallas Mavericks (50-32) for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on May 28, 2024, at 5:30 PM EST at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Mavericks lead the series 3-0 and are looking to sweep the Timberwolves to advance to the NBA Finals. The line for this game is set at Dallas -1.5, with the over/under at 210.5 points.

 

Team Statistics

Minnesota Timberwolves

Anthony Edwards leads the Timberwolves with 25.9 points per game, complemented by his 46.1% field goal shooting. Rudy Gobert is a dominant force in the paint with 12.9 rebounds per game.

Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic continues to be the Mavericks' star player with 33.9 points and 9.8 assists per game, showcasing his ability to impact the game both as a scorer and a playmaker.

Injuries and Player Matchups

Injuries can significantly impact game outcomes.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Jaylen Clark remains out for the season, but the Timberwolves are otherwise healthy.

Dallas Mavericks

Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper are out, and Luka Doncic and Maxi Kleber are game-time decisions, which could affect the Mavericks' lineup and performance.

 

Recent Performances

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves have lost their last three games to the Mavericks, with close scores in Games 1 (108-105) and 2 (109-108) but a more decisive loss in Game 3 (116-107).

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks have won their last five games, including the three against Minnesota, and have shown resilience and effective clutch performance, particularly through Luka Doncic.

 

Prediction

For Game 4, the prediction is for the Timberwolves to win. Here’s why betting on Minnesota to avoid a sweep is a strong pick:

  • Desperation Factor: Facing elimination, the Timberwolves have no margin for error and will be playing with maximum effort to extend their season. Teams in a win-or-go-home scenario often bring an elevated intensity and focus.
  • Close Previous Games: The first two games of the series were incredibly close, with Minnesota losing by just one point in Game 2. This indicates that they can compete with Dallas and just need to execute better in the clutch.
  • Injury Concerns for Dallas: Luka Doncic and Maxi Kleber's game-time decisions could severely impact the Mavericks' performance if they are not at full strength or are limited in minutes. Doncic’s status is particularly crucial given his pivotal role.
  • Star Performance: Anthony Edwards has been a standout performer throughout the playoffs, and in a critical game, expect him to rise to the occasion. His scoring ability and athleticism can drive the Timberwolves to a win.
  • Rebounding and Defense: Rudy Gobert’s presence in the paint will be a significant factor. If he can dominate the boards and alter shots, Minnesota can control the tempo and limit Dallas' scoring opportunities.

Considering these factors, it is reasonable to expect the Timberwolves to come out strong and secure a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves to Win

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