Minnesota Timberwolves vs Dallas Mavericks Picks and Predictions May 24th 2024

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Dallas Mavericks NBA Fri, May 24, 20:30 pm.
Minnesota Timberwolves
ML: -250
Dallas Mavericks
ML: 190

Mavericks Are Not Satisfied Heading into Game 2 vs. Timberwolves

The Dallas Mavericks, having overcome early setbacks in their first two playoff series, now face a different kind of challenge maintaining their boost after a Game 1 win as they head into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night in Minneapolis.

” We have faced a lot of tests in these last two series and learned how to bounce back from losses,” said Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving.” This is the first series where we have started with a win. Now, we have got to handle this differently. We can not get complacent. The job is far from finished.”

Game 1 Recap

The Mavericks edged out a 108- 105 victory in the series opener. Minnesota held a four- point lead with just 337 remaining, but Dallas surged ahead with an 8- 0 run, thanks to back- to- back 3- pointers by Luka Doncic andP.J. Washington, followed by a step- back jumper from Doncic.

Timberwolves trainer Chris Finch held a tough film session with his team on Thursday, focusing on their breakdowns and urging them to step up for Game 2.” I told the guys,’ It’s been a while since I have been this disappointed in your effort. Your performance, your attitude, your attention to detail just was not there,'” Finch said.

Anthony Edwards, who scored 19 points on 6- for- 16 shooting in Game 1, recognized the need for further energy and effort.” I suppose Jaden( McDaniels) was the only one ready to play, and the rest of us let him down,” Edwards admitted. McDaniels led the Timberwolves with 24 points, hitting 6 of 9 shots from 3- point range.

Crucial Players and Strategies

Dallas will continue to count on the leadership of Doncic and Irving, who combined for 63 of the Mavericks’ 108 points in Game 1, with Doncic scoring 33 and Irving adding 30. Despite shooting 49.4 percent overall( 43 of 87), the Mavericks struggled from beyond the arc, making just 24 percent( 6 of 25) of their 3- pointers. In contrast, the Timberwolves shot42.7 percent( 38 of 89) from the field and36.7 percent( 18 of 49) from long distance.

Mavericks trainer Jason Kidd emphasized the need for better 3- point defense, as the Timberwolves made three times as numerous 3- pointers in Game 1.” We have got to ameliorate our 3- point defense,” Kidd said.” They made a lot of corner 3s. We need better rotations, but despite their hot shooting in the first half, no one panicked. Our team trusts each other, and that’s a great strength.”

Road and Home Performance

The Mavericks have shown resilience on the road, boasting a 5- 2 playoff record away from home. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are 3- 3 at home. As Game 2 approaches, both teams are concentrated on making adaptations and securing a critical win in the series.


Game 2 presents a critical occasion for the Mavericks to build on their success and for the Timberwolves to bounce back and even the series. With both teams looking to make crucial adjustments and improve their performance, fans can anticipate an intense and competitive matchup as the series continues in Minneapolis.

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