Timberwolves vs. Mavericks Game 3 Prediction, NBA Playoff Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated May 26, 2024

The Mavericks aim to push the Timberwolves to the brink of elimination from this spring’s NBA playoffs when they return home on Sunday night for Game 3.

May 26, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
American Airlines Center
Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +100
Over / Under o +208.5


Betting Action


Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -120
Over / Under u +208.5


Betting Action


The Mavericks continued their recent dominant play on the road with Friday’s 109-108 victory in Minnesota, and now enjoy a comfortable 2-0 series lead going into Sunday’s action. For the Timberwolves, their Game 2 defeat marked their fifth loss in seven games. However, Minnesota has compiled a solid 5-1 straight up record on the road so far in the postseason.

The Mavericks lead the way as betting favourites for the first time in this series, favoured by 2.5 points. Dallas has also vaulted to heavy -600 chalk on the NBA series prices, while the Timberwolves have tumbled to +425 longshots to earn their first ever appearance in the NBA Finals. The total for Game 3 is pegged at 207.5.

Timberwolves vs. Mavericks NBA Betting Odds

It looked as if the Timberwolves were well on their way to evening this season at a game apiece after they seized an 18-point lead in the first half of Game 2. However, the Mavericks showed impressive resilience, chipping away at that lead while limiting the T-Wolves to just 22 points in the final frame to eke out yet another road win and take a stranglehold on this series. The Mavs have now won six of seven on the road and have been equally impressive at home, claiming victories in each of their previous two Game 3 matchups and have limited opponents to just 104 points per game at home in the postseason. 

The question now facing the Timberwolves is whether they can snap out of the 2-5 run that has devastated their NBA Finals hopes. Minnesota has mustered just 102.9 points per game during their current 2-5 run after racking up 114.2 points per game while winning their first six playoff contests. The Timberwolves have taken two of three in Dallas while averaging 117 points per game. But with the only consecutive defeats that the Mavs have suffered since early March coming after they had locked up the No. 5 seed, the T-Wolves have a mountain to climb.

Minnesota Timberwolves

It was yet another frustrating evening for the star duo of Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns in Game 2. Edwards’ 21 points marked his strongest outing in three games, but his 29.4% shooting percentage remains a massive concern. Overall, Edwards has averaged just 20 points in the series and converted a meagre 29.8% over his past three games. Towns fared no better in Game 2, shooting just 4-for-16 for 15 points and has converted just 27.7% while averaging just 15.5 points in the series. For a second straight game, Naz Reid provided a spark off the bench, dropping a team-high 23 points while enjoying a playoff-high 32 minutes on the court. Rudy Gobert has been a solid presence in the paint. Gobert’s 10 rebounds completed his fifth double-double of the postseason. However, his bid to slow down Luka Doncic with rough play on Game 2 blew up in his face.

Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic has been playing through a knee sprain and ankle injury, but you would never know it from his stellar performance in Game 2. Doncic recorded 32 points, including the game-winning bucket in the dying seconds, along with 10 boards and 13 assists, and has now recorded triple-doubles in four of five games. With that performance, Doncic not only cemented his position as a +300 second favourite on the NBA Finals odds, he also proved his durability by accomplishing that feat while taking plenty of physical abuse from the T-Wolves, especially Gobert. Doncic mercilessly mocked Gobert in the wake of Friday’s win, and this head-to-head rivalry has quickly become a major storyline in this contest. But even with Gobert getting away with throwing punches at the NBA scoring champion, it is tough not to lick the -110 odds on the NBA Player props of Doncic recording OVER 30.5 points for the fourth time in five games on Sunday night.

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