Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves Picks and Predictions May 26th 2024

Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Sun, May 26, 20:00 pm.
Dallas Mavericks
ML: -120
Minnesota Timberwolves
ML: 100

Mavericks Hold Strong with 2-0 Lead as Wolves Seek Redemption

The Minnesota Timberwolves look to Anthony Edwards for a comeback as they face the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

Mavericks Seize Commanding Lead

The Dallas Mavericks have grabbed a strong 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals against the Minnesota Timberwolves. After two nail-biting games in Minneapolis, the fifth-seeded Mavericks have not only taken over home-court advantage but are also eyeing a potential sweep in this best-of-seven series.

Luka Doncic vs. Anthony Edwards: Star Showdown

Luka Doncic has been the star of the show so far, outscoring Anthony Edwards 65-40 across the first two games. Doncic’s game-winning three-pointer in Game 2 has been the highlight of the series, overshadowing Edwards, who was the standout player in the Timberwolves’ previous series against the Denver Nuggets.

Edwards’ Struggles and Team Confidence

Edwards, who shot 50% from the field against the Nuggets, has hit a rough patch against the Mavericks, making just 11 of 33 shots (33.3%). Despite these struggles and Friday’s narrow 109-108 loss, Edwards remains optimistic. “We’ve been here before,” he said, signaling no panic within the team.

Adjustment in Strategy

Edwards hinted at a change in the game plan for Game 3, suggesting he might take more shots. “I am turning down a lot of shots,” he noted. “I’m just making the right play. Sometimes, the right play may be to just shoot it.”

Karl-Anthony Towns’ Performance

Edwards isn’t the only Timberwolf facing challenges; All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has also had a tough time. After shooting over 50% in the earlier rounds, Towns has only managed to hit 27.8% of his shots in the conference finals. The Timberwolves will need both Edwards and Towns to step up if they want to turn the series around.

Timberwolves’ Road Success

The Timberwolves have shown resilience before, notably in their series against Denver where they overcame a 3-1 deficit. They have an impressive road record this postseason, winning five of six away games. Edwards has averaged 30.0 points on 48.9% shooting in these games, with Towns contributing 23.2 points on 57.4% shooting.

Mavericks’ Mindset and Strategy

Despite their early success, Luka Doncic remains cautious. “First to four. Nothing’s won,” Doncic said, emphasizing the importance of focusing on the next game.

The Mavericks have a history of not capitalizing on early road success. In their previous series, they split the first two games on the road only to lose the advantage back at home. However, they closed out their second-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with two consecutive wins, showing their potential to maintain momentum.

Fourth Quarter Analysis

If the Timberwolves hope to change their fortunes, they will need to improve their fourth-quarter performance. They have been outscored 56-44 in the final quarters of the first two games, losing the leads they built earlier. The Mavericks have outshot them 50.0% to 42.8% overall and 53.3% to 38.9% from three-point range in these critical moments. Additionally, Dallas has dominated the boards, outrebounding Minnesota 22-14 in the fourth quarters, and committed fewer turnovers.

Edwards, who has scored only 12 points in the fourth quarters, needs to step up his game. He has as many turnovers (three) as assists (three) in these final periods, which is an area for potential improvement.


The Timberwolves are in a familiar position of needing a comeback, something they’ve shown they can achieve. With adjustments in strategy and improved performances from their stars, Minnesota aims to bounce back in Game 3 against a disciplined Mavericks team. As the series shifts to Dallas, the pressure is on for both teams to either consolidate their lead or stage a dramatic turnaround.

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