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Timberwolves at Mavericks: Game #60

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On the second night of a back to back, the Wolves are in Dallas to face the Mavs.

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Wolves at Mavericks
6:00 pm CST
NBA TV

For the second night in a row the Wolves will be facing a team they have lost to twice already this season. Hopefully they get the same result as last night and find a way to beat the Mavs, though 2nd nights of back to backs have not been kind to the Wolves.

The Mavs come in at 31-28 on the season and in sixth in the Western Conference despite being outscored. Dirk Nowitzki remains their focal point and leader, and is still dangerous from anywhere on the floor. The Mavs are among the league leaders in three point attempts, and though they don't make a super high percentage, they have several players capable of doing damage from beyond the arc. In addition to Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews, Deron Williams, Chandler Parsons and J.J. Barea all average more than two attempts per game and shoot better than 35% from three.

The three pointers combined with never turning the ball over (#1 in the league) makes for a still dangerous and effective offense. Defensively they struggle, but have been helped this year by Zaza Pachulia at the center spot, who is among the top 10 centers in Drpm.

The last time the Wolves were in Dallas the game went to overtime, which the Mavs dominated to the tune of 17-5. Dirk Nowitzki did not play in that one, but Chandler Parsons dominated the Wolves with 30 points, the Mavs had six players in double figures, and the Wolves lost the turnover battle. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins combined for 50, but the Wolves got very little else offensively and ultimately could not stop the Mavs from getting what they wanted in overtime.

Hopefully things turn out differently tonight, and the Wolves can find a way to come up with a second straight road win to close out this trip. The Mavs are in the midst of a long homestand and are coming off an overtime win over the Nuggets on Friday.

Expected lineups

Mavs

Deron Williams
Wesley Matthews
Chandler Parsons
Dirk Nowitzki
Zaza Pachulia

Wolves

Ricky Rubio
Andrew Wiggins
Tayshaun Prince
Gorgui Dieng
Karl-Anthony Towns

Our blogging buddies are over at Mavs Moneyball. Be excellent.

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