Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Predictions, odds for WCF Game 2

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After a close win in Game 1, the Dallas Mavericks are preparing to face the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The game, to be held at the Target Center again, is crucial as the Timberwolves are determined to level the series.

The Mavericks' victory was largely due to the outstanding performances of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Doncic, with his 33 points, six rebounds, and eight assists, was a force to be reckoned with. Irving, not to be outdone, scored an impressive 30 points, leading the team to a significant win and taking the lead in the series.

Despite the loss, the Timberwolves, who have home-court advantage and were the early favorite to take the lead in the series, put up a strong fight against the Mavericks on Wednesday. Jaden McDaniels was the star of the show for Minnesota with 24 points, while Anthony Edwards contributed significantly with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.

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Western Conference Finals: Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game 2 predictions

Fox Sports: Timberwolves 116 - Mavericks 108

Staff writes: "When playing at home, the Timberwolves sport a worse record against the spread (18-22-1) compared to their ATS record on the road (22-18-1). Minnesota has gone over the total in 18 of 41 home games (43.9%). It has done better in away games, going over the total in 23 of 41 matchups (56.1%)."

Athlon Sports: Timberwolves 115, Mavericks 97

staff writes: "The Timberwolves lost their first two home games in their second-round series against the Nuggets. They're not going to let that happen again. This time around, they're going to protect home court. Edwards will have another big game, and the Mavericks will continue to struggle with the Timberwolves defensive looks. Rudy Gobert will be a problem for Dallas in the paint. Timberwolves take 2-0 series lead."

ESPN: Timberwolves have a 52% chance to win

According to ESPN's Matchup Predictor, the Minnesota Timberwolves have a 52.6% chance to beat the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2.

Western Conference Finals: Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game 2 odds, betting line

The Minnesota Timberwolves are favored to defeat the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2, according to the BetMGM odds.

  • Spread: Minnesota (-5.5)

  • Moneyline: Minnesota (-210); Dallas (+180)

  • Total Over/Under: 207.5

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Western Conference Finals: Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves schedule





Game 1

Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

Mavericks 108, Timberwolves 105

TNT, Fubo

Game 2

Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

Friday, May 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET

TNT, Fubo

Game 3

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

Sunday, May 26 at 8 p.m. ET

TNT, Fubo

Game 4

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

Tuesday, May 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET

TNT, Fubo

Game 5

Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, May 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET

TNT, Fubo

Game 6

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

Saturday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET

TNT, Fubo

Game 7(If necessary)

Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

Monday, June 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET

TNT, Fubo

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