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The Dallas Mavericks will head north to battle the red-hot Minnesota Timberwolves. Can Luka Doncic and the Mavs spoil their party to start the Western Conference Finals? Krabs provides his prediction and pick for Mavericks vs. Timberwolves Game 1.
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Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction: Can Luka Doncic, Mavs Pull Upset on Road in Game 1?

If you listen to the general consensus for this upcoming series between Dallas and Minnesota, you’d think the Timberwolves already advanced to the NBA Finals. Nobody believes in this Mavericks team, especially in the first game of this series. They’ve flopped in Game 1 of their first two playoff series'… will the Mavericks show up for Game 1 in Minnesota on Wednesday?

MAVERICKS VS. TIMBERWOLVES GAME 1 DATE, TIME, AND WHERE TO WATCH

  • Date: May 22, 2024
  • Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: TNT

MAVERICKS VS. TIMBERWOLVES GAME 1 ODDS

  • Spread: Mavericks +4 (+100), Timberwolves -4 (-115)
  • Total Odds: O 206.5 (-108), U 206.5 (-105)
  • Moneyline Odds: Mavericks (+158), Timberwolves (-186)

Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction

To be fair, the Mavericks have looked unprepared in the first game of each playoff series so far. This is exactly when I want to buy-low on Coach Kidd and the Mavs. The public narrative of Dallas entering each series unprepared had to of been addressed at some point before this series. I’m expecting Luka and the Mavs to get out to a great start on the road in Game 1 tonight.

Dallas has played well on the road in the playoffs so far. Looking at the spread, I was expecting Dallas to be getting more points in this game. If oddsmakers were expecting another game one dud from the Mavericks, they wouldn’t have made them this short of an underdog on the road on Wednesday. The betting splits look solid too, with more than 60% of bets and handle currently backing Minnesota on both the spread and moneyline (on VSIN).

Nobody wants to fade the Timberwolves after they just knocked-off the best team in the West, but that’s exactly the type of bet we want to lock in. Fade the public and back Luka, Kyrie, and the Mavericks to show up for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. With everyone doubting them, I like the Mavs chances of shocking the world and either winning this game outright, or at least keeping it within the number.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction

Pick: DAL +4.5 (-110) Click here to see which sportsbook has the best odds

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Krabs is a contrarian bettor who isn’t afraid to fade the public or go against the grain. His betting style not only produces winners but has changed the way many think about the sports betting process. You’ll find Krabs betting on anything from the NFL (at a 60% clip in 2022) to the KBO (8-1-1 in 2022). You won’t find many handicappers with more college basketball knowledge or insight than Krabs. A native of the “DMV,” you can find his work @Krabs_Bets on Twitter, or on Behind the Lines, his daily sports betting show on twitch.

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