Minnesota Timberwolves vs Dallas Mavericks (By: Miyagi)
The Mavericks will miss Dennis Smith JR again and normally they will go with the same plan as they did in their last game with Kleber in the starting lineup and Doncic in the backcourt on both ends. Doncic will be the primary ball handler with Matthews on a supporting role and the offensive plays will run through the rookie who, unlike the much easier game against the Suns, will have more responsibilities in this one against apart from scoring.
In 10 games that the Mavericks missed Smith JR in December, Doncic averaged just about 7 assists per game while he had 5 in his last game against the Suns. This line is extremely small, at least as far as I'm concerned, and I can't find a good reason for that, especially considering the fact that the Timberwolves allow a bit over 25 assists per game (4th worst in the league) and a bit over 9 assists per game from opposing primary ball handlers.
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Dallas Mavericks prediction
|Doncic Over 4.5 Assists||Bet365||1.72||9||12 WON (+6.48 units)|