The Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on Wednesday night. The Timberwolves (10-9) have been scuffling of late after a strong start to the season, as they’ll come into Wednesday’s contest with 3-5 record over the last eight games. Minnesota’s most recent stumble came against the Memphis Grizzlies, which toppled them by a 115-107 score on Sunday afternoon. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double that also included five assists. Andrew Wiggins delivered 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Jarrett Culver managed 14 points, seven boards, one assist and one steal. Robert Covington and Jeff Teague generated matching 13-point tallies, with Teague also dishing out six assists and recording four rebounds. Keita Bates-Diop tallied 10 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal. The Timberwolves will continue to be without Jake Layman (toe) for Wednesday’s game, while Shabazz Napier (hamstring) will carry a probable designation. The Mavericks (14-6) come into Wednesday’s matchup as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, having won eight of their last nine games. Dallas’ most recent victims were the New Orleans Pelicans, which fell to the Mavs by a 118-97 score Tuesday night. Luka Doncic led the way for the Mavericks with a 33-point, 18-rebound double-double that also included five assists. Seth Curry followed with a bench-leading 19 points, adding four boards and one assist. Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Maxi Kleber generated matching 12-point tallies while pulling down three and four rebounds, respectively. Kristaps Porzingis mustered just seven points on 2-for-11 shooting, although he also posted six rebounds, one assist and five blocks. The Mavericks will come into Wednesday’s game without any injuries to report. The Mavericks won the 2018-19 season series with the Timberwolves by a 2-1 margin. Wednesday’s game is the first of four 2019-20 meetings for Minnesota and Dallas.
December 4, 2019