|Karl Anthony Townes leads Minnesota against Dallas|
Take #715 Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks UNDER 212.5 (8:30 PM ET Friday, November 17)
The Minnesota Timberwolves look to turn in another defensive gem when they visit the struggling Dallas Mavericks. Tip-off is set for 8:30 PM ET at American Airlines Center where Minnesota, which beat Dallas 112-99 on November 4, is a -6.5 point favorite. The total is 212.5.
The Timberwolves (9-5, 7-6 ATS, 4-4 road) had been allowing opponents to shoot better than 50 percent from the field through the first four weeks of the season and are still last in the NBA in field-goal percentage defense (49.3). However they’ve held opponents under 100 points in each of their last five wins and limited the San Antonio Spurs to 41.8 percent shooting on Wednesday in a 98-86 triumph.
The Mavericks (2-13, 4-11 ATS, 1-7 home) are struggling on both ends, especially on offense where they rank 29th in the NBA in shooting (42.3 percent).
Minnesota is 7-0 to the UNDER in their last seven overall and 4-0 to the low side in their past four road games. The T-Wolves have also seen their last six games against Western Conference opposition stay south of the total. Dallas is 5-1 to the UNDER in its last six overall and 3-1-1 past five at home.
The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in the last five series meetings in Dallas but 5-15-1 vs. the number in their last 21 overall.
The Mavs have some other negative ATS trends: 2-8 last 10 at home, 1-5 last six vs. the Western Conference and 0-4 last four against the NBA Northwest.
The Timberwolves are 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine overall, 6-2 ATS last eight vs. the Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Southwest Division.