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The Timberwolves and Mavericks will meet for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals tonight. Will Naz Reid show up in Game 1 like he did in the last series? Ben Rajavuori shares his Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves prop pick for Game 1
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Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Prop Pick: Will Naz Reid Show Up in Game 1?

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks will meet for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals from the Target Center in Minneapolis tonight. The Timberwolves are coming off Game 7 on Sunday against the Nuggets in which they took down the defending champions on their home court. The Mavericks are coming off an impressive series against the Thunder, beating the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference in six games. What should we expect in Game 1 tonight for Minneapolis?

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

DALLAS MAVERICKS VS. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES GAme 1 PREDICTION

The player I am targeting in tonight’s game is Timberwolves center Naz Reid. Reid is the bench center for the Timberwolves and has been an integral piece of the Wolves' depth this season. Reid won the Sixth Man of the Year and has been showing why he deserved that title in the postseason so far. He hasn’t been blowing up the stat sheet per se, but he has made very big plays in big moments with blocks and put-backs that have helped the Timberwolves get here. Tonight, I am backing him to go over 9.5 points.

Reid's points prop has been all over the place in this postseason. At one point, it was as high as 13.5 in Game 4 against the Nuggets. In the next game, it was just 4.5. While his line is at 9.5 now, that feels too low against this Mavericks team. Reid averaged 9.5 points in the four games against the Phoenix Suns in the first round and 10.9 points per game against the Nuggets in the second round. Naz Reid has four games played against the Mavericks this season. He is averaging 15.8 points per game in those four contests with an average of 25.5 minutes played. Naz has also been a bit better at home. He’s averaging 13.8 points per game at home on 50% shooting while averaging 13.1 points per game on the road on 45% shooting from the field. The Timberwolves are coming off a very hard-fought series against the Nuggets that went to seven games. Naz played some big minutes in that game and even helped seal the game with a dagger put back in the final minute of the game. Coming off such an intense series, I wouldn't be surprised if Naz gets some extra minutes tonight given how good he has been against the Mavericks this season. He has hit this line in three of his four games against the Mavericks this season and in the game he missed, he had nine points. I’m backing the Sixth Man of the Year to get to at least double digits in the points column tonight.

DALLAS MAVERICKS VS. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES Game 1 Prop Pick

Pick: Naz Reid Over 9.5 Points -130 Click here to see which sportsbook has the best odds

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Ben Rajavuori is a handicapper out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been creating sports content for almost four years now and is an expert in all things NFL, MLB, NBA, UFC, and NCAAB. Ben thrives on diving deep into statistics to find the best angle on every bet. You can follow him on Twitter @WeBeatTheSpread.

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