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On Sunday night the Mavericks host the Timberwolves for Game 3 being up 2-0 in this series. Can Dereck Lively continue to impress and rack up the rebounds in Game 3 tonight? Ben Rajavuori shares his best Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks prop pick.
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks Prop Pick: Can Dereck Lively Continue to Impress in Game 3?

The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks from the American Airlines Center in Texas tonight. This is Game 3 of a possible seven between the two teams to decide who will go to the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics (they are up 3-0, it's pretty much decided). Dallas has shocked many people and jumped out to an early 2–0 lead in this series by winning both games on the road and now come home for two games. What should we expect in this game tonight?

TIMBERWOLVES VS. MAVERICKS GAME 3 DATE, TIME, AND WHERE TO WATCH

  • Date: May 26, 2024
  • Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: TNT

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. DALLAS MAVERICKS GAME 3 PREDICTION

One player I love in tonight’s game is Mavericks center Dereck Lively. Lively is the bench center for the Mavericks coming in for Daniel Gafford, and he has had two excellent games to start this series. He had 11 rebounds and nine points in game one on 4–4 shooting and followed that up with 14 points and nine rebounds on 6-6 shooting in Game 2. He has yet to miss a shot in the series and also has been a very effective rebounder. It seems that Jason Kidd likes him in his matchup as well, as he has consistently played 27 minutes across the first two games of the series, playing more minutes than the starting center, Daniel Gafford. The bet I love in this game is Dereck Lively to go over 7.5 rebounds. He has hit eight or more rebounds in four straight games while getting an increasing role on the Mavericks. The young rookie has proved that he is effective and more than one way, but the increase in minutes will only lead to more rebounds for him as he is the most effective rebounder for the Mavericks when he is on the court. He has led the Mavericks in rebounds/minute in this series and I expect that to continue tonight. With the Timberwolves down 0–2, I expect them to attack the rim and try and get more points in the paint tonight. This will lead to shorter rebounds, which will favor Lively grabbing more boards. Lively has hit double digits in rebounding in three of the last four games, so hitting eight tonight should not be a problem for him. This matchup suits him and there’s no reason why he shouldn't hit for a third straight time in this series.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. DALLAS MAVERICKS GAME 3 PROP PICK

Pick: Dereck Lively Over 7.5 Rebounds -105 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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