Will this losing streak ever end for the Dallas Mavericks? Sitting at 1-9, last in the Western Conference, the Mavs search for that second elusive win just got a bit harder as they travel to play the streaking Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves, coming off three-straight victories, look to add another win and make it the longest win-streak since 2012 for the franchise.
While center Karl-Anthony Towns might be struggling as of late, the Mavs will have trouble matching up against the 7-0, 248-pound big man. For the season, Towns is already averaging a double-double with 21.4 points and 11 rebounds. Looking down the roster, it might be wise for the Mavs to go back to power forward Dwight Powell and have his energy dictate the game. Regardless, the Mavs have to find a way to contain Towns around the bucket and not let him score at will.
Another player to watch out for on this dangerous Timberwolves is guard Jimmy Butler. He’s is coming off another strong performance and is averaging 17.3 points, so it’s going to be important to limit his chances at attacking the rim. It would be a nice move to have the Mavs rookie sensation Dennis Smith Jr. get some quality experience in guarding Butler. Other targets to watch out for are forward Andrew Wiggins who is the team’s second-best scorer at 19.5 points.
For the Mavs to get this win, they will have to continue to shoot efficiently and to avoid making bad shots. A good team like Minnesota can capitalize on some of the smallest mistakes and make you regret it. Add in that you play this team on second night of a back to back, this will be a tough test for this very young Mavericks.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. CST at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Game will shown locally on Fox Sports Southwest and can be heard on ESPN 103.3 FM
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