Minnesota Timberwolves vs Dallas Mavericks Picks and Predictions May 22nd 2024

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Minnesota Timberwolves
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Timberwolves vs. Mavericks: Clash in the Western Conference Final Game 1

The Minnesota Timberwolves have finally made it back to the Western Conference Finals after a 20-year wait. On the other side, the Dallas Mavericks, who were here just two years ago, are determined to go further this time after their disappointing five-game loss to the Golden State Warriors.

When the Timberwolves and Mavericks hit the court for Game 1 on Wednesday night in Minneapolis, it’s all about the present moment—a chance to make a strong start in what promises to be an intense best-of-seven series.

“I think what’s gotten us here is the realization that every game is the biggest game, and every game is the only game,” said Timberwolves guard Mike Conley.

Timberwolves’ Journey to the Finals

Minnesota’s road to the finals has been nothing short of dramatic. They secured their spot with a thrilling Game 7 victory over the defending champion Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals. Down by 20 points early in the second half, the Timberwolves pulled off an incredible comeback to win on the road.

Their success is a testament to a true team effort.

“We don’t have a big three, we have a big 15,” Karl-Anthony Towns said. “Every single person means a lot to this team, and they help in so many ways. This game shows it’s the Timberwolves—not Karl-Anthony Towns, not (Rudy) Gobert. The Timberwolves are a special team.”

Mavericks’ Path to the Finals

The Mavericks have been just as impressive in their playoff run. They took down the Los Angeles Clippers in six games in the conference quarterfinals and then overcame the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in another six-game series in the semifinals. Their ability to win both at home and on the road speaks to their resilience.

Luka Doncic has been a key player, averaging 27.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 9.1 assists per game in the postseason. Kyrie Irving has also stepped up, averaging 21.1 points per game with a 48.2 percent shooting rate, while P.J. Washington (14.3 points per game) and Derrick Jones Jr. (10.8) have provided crucial support.

“(I have) insane confidence in this team,” Doncic said. “This team is special.”

Key Matchups and Strategies

Doncic and his teammates know they’re in for a tough battle against the Timberwolves’ formidable defense, which held Denver to under 100 points in all four of Minnesota’s wins in their series. Rudy Gobert, who recently made the NBA All-Defensive First Team, and Jaden McDaniels, who earned All-Defensive Second Team honors, are the anchors of this defense.

Offensively, Anthony Edwards is leading Minnesota in the playoffs with 28.9 points per game. Towns is adding 18.8 points and 9.3 rebounds, while McDaniels brings versatility on both ends of the court, averaging 12.4 points per game.

Minnesota won the regular-season series 3-1 against Dallas, but it’s important to remember that the Mavericks were often dealing with injuries during those games.

“Defensively, they’re one of the best teams in the league,” said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd about the Timberwolves. “Offensively, they get out in transition, and they’re as good as anyone. Ant’s (Edwards) playing at an MVP level right now. They’ve got guys that can score the ball, and then Conley is the glue. He keeps those guys together. This is a great test for us.”

Historical Context

The teams have faced off in the playoffs just once before, back in 2002, when the Mavericks swept the Timberwolves in a three-game, first-round series with Dirk Nowitzki leading Dallas and Kevin Garnett spearheading Minnesota.


As Game 1 looms, both the Timberwolves and Mavericks are geared up for a tough series. Minnesota’s long-awaited return to the Western Conference Finals and Dallas’ quest for redemption set the stage for an epic showdown. With key players and strategic matchups in the spotlight, fans are in for an electrifying start to this best-of-seven battle.

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