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Game #42: Hallelujah vs. Halleluka

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After an emotional victory on Tuesday against the OKC Thunder, the Wolves return home tonight to face off against ROY candidate Luka Doncic.

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Dallas Mavericks Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves (20-21) vs. Dallas Mavericks (19-22)

7:00pm CDT

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are back in action tonight, looking to defend Ryan Saunders’ status as the “only current undefeated Head Coach in the NBA.” If you missed some of the highlights from Ryan’s first official win on Tuesday, check these out:

And just this morning, The Big Ticket himself chimed in with his own complimentary words for his long-time friend Coach Saunders:

Although this season has felt like it has already lasted a lifetime with all of the ups and downs, the 2019 Wolves currently find themselves with a record of 20-21, only 2.5 games back of a playoff spot. With General Soreness and Tom Thibodeau no longer in the picture, Minnesota will continue to build off of their emotional victory Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. In the famous word’s of Andrew Wiggins’ brother, “Hallelujah.”

On the other end of the court tonight, the Mavericks have their own version of this popular worship expression, known simply to Mavs fans as “Halleluka”:

Since arriving in the United States last summer, Doncic has been a one-man rookie wrecking crew, averaging 19.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. At just 19-years old, he’s already perfected his finishing move for opponents, which looks eerily similar to a young James Harden (except without all the traveling violations):

Ryan Saunders’ home debut + Luka Doncic + Dirk’s (potential) last ride in the Target Center? It figures to be a fantastic night for hoops in downtown Minneapolis.

Projected Starting Lineups

Wolves:

PG: Jeff Teague
SG: Josh Okogie
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Taj Gibson
C: Karl-Anthony Towns

Mavericks:

PG: Luka Doncic
SG: Wesley Matthews
SF: Harrison Barnes
PF: Maximilian Kleber
C: DeAndre Jordan

Injury Report

For the Wolves, Derrick Rose (ankle) is QUESTIONABLE (but likely to play) and Robert Covington (knee) is OUT. As for Dallas, Dirk Nowitski (illness) is PROBABLE, while Dennis Smith, Jr. (back) is OUT.

As always, we’ll have you covered for tonight’s game right here at Canis Hoopus, as will our friends over at Mavs Moneyball.