Bet the Total for Timberwolves vs. Mavericks

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:27 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014 1:27 PM UTC

The Minnesota Timberwolves (33-32) and superstar Kevin Love look to keep their faint playoff hopes alive as they face a surprising Dallas Mavericks (41-27) team, which has gotten hot at the right time. This should be a game full of offense. Check out our betting NBA picks.
<p><span style="font-size:1em">Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 pm ET tonight at the American Airlines in Dallas, Texas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Odds makers list the Mavs as a 5 point betting favorite in <a target="_blank" title="Live NBA odds for all the action" href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">the NBA odds</a> and the total for the game is 210.5</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Do the Mavs, led by Dirk Nowitzki, have one good run left in them when they play in the post-season?</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:1em"><em>Check out some recent <a target="_blank" title="Western Conference Betting Trends" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/western-conference-betting-trends-heading-into-playoffs-a-38088/">Western Conference Betting Trends</a></em></span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Complimentary Player<br /></b><img src="" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" /><span style="font-size:1em"><a target="_blank" title="Take a look at our picks from their most recent win " href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/celtics-10-5-vs-mavericks-nba-picks-a-38174/">Monta Ellis is just what the doctor ordered</a> this season for an aging Dallas club. He’s 28 years old and for a Mavericks player, that’s considered young and Ellis has also been the crutch for superstar, Dirk Nowitzki, to lean on when Dallas has needed points in some of their shootouts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Mavericks rank 18</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> in points allowed in the NBA, but with Jose Calderon distributing the ball and Nowitzki and Ellis as a reliable 1-2 punch offensively, the Mavericks have had a successful season.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Owner, Marc Cuban has made a point of saying that his loyalty to Dirk lies deep and he might never get rid of him even if his play declines. Thus far, the combination of Nowitzki and Ellis has been good for a collective 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 8.5 assists per ball game.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">If you add in the contributions of some veterans like Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, and Jose Calderon, this is a tough team to beat. Look for Dallas to be sharp tonight when they face the T-Wolves.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em"><br />Nikola Pekovic is “Day to Day”<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em"><a target="_blank" title="Will you still count on the Wolves to cover?" href="">If I were a Wolves backer</a>, I wouldn’t expect Pekovic to play with his current ankle injury. Although he’s listed as day to day, says that he’s making the trip with Minnesota and won’t play tonight; they’re a fairly reliable source. What does this mean? A lot of Kevin Love, Kevin Martin, and Ricky Rubio for the Timberwolves.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">In their last game, former NCAA National Champion and rookie, Gorgui Dieng, came up huge in a 104-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings, who were without DeMarcus Cousins at the time. I wouldn’t expect a similar effort from Dieng tonight, but the Wolves definitely have to feel encouraged by the play of Dieng.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><em><span style="font-size:1em">Compare the top <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="NBA Championship Betting Lines" href="">NBA Championship Betting Lines</a></span></em></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">The Love of Basketball<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">I don’t think that Kevin Love will ever be considered one of the best basketball players in the game, but his numbers are right up there with anyone. He has great size and a fantastic offensive touch. This enables ball distributors such as Ricky Rubio to set Love up while Love and Kevin Martin, two players that aren’t afraid to shoot the basketball, are Minnesota’s main point producers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Thanks to Love, Minnesota is 4</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> in the league in scoring and 7</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> in the NBA in rebounding; their defense is their Achilles heel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em"><br />Outcome<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Dallas has the incentive to win, the home court advantage, and the momentum. With that said, </span><a style="font-size:1em" href="/nba-basketball/" title="Check out the rest of our free NBA picks for Wednesday night" target="_blank">I’m leaning towards the over</a><span style="font-size:1em"> because both of these teams have plenty of firepower but are lacking where defense is concerned.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em"><br />Pick- Dallas/Minnesota OVER 210.5 at Bet 365</b></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em"></b><span style="font-size:1em"><br />[gameodds]5/259186/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</span></p>
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