Jan 14th, 2013 by PJ LaFerla
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be on the road this Monday evening, January 14, as they travel to Texas for an NBA betting matchup against the Dallas Mavericks that is set to take place at the American Airlines Center, with tip off scheduled for 8:35 PM EST.
The Oddsmakers are giving the advantage to the home team in this contest, as they have listed the Mavericks as -6 1/2 point favorites, while posting an over/under total right at 197 points.
Minnesota enters play tonight two games below .500, with 16 wins and 18 losses on the season. They are slightly better against the spread with a 17-17 record, but on the road they have covered just 9 of 19 games so far this season. Minnesota has been an underdog 20 times this season, covering the point spread nine times.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks are also below .500, with 15 wins and 23 losses on the year. They have covered the point spread at home 7 times in 16 chances and as a favorite they own a 6-7 ATS record. Dallas averages 99.1 points per game, which is tenth best in the NBA.
Minnesota is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games played on the road and 0-4 ATS in their last four versus Western Conference opponents. They have stayed under the posted total in six of their last seven games played on the road.
Dallas is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games played overall and 16-5 against the spread in their last 21 games played on a Monday. Dallas has gone over the posted total in 11 of their last 17 games played at home.
Both teams have been struggling, but i think Minnesota is slightly better than the Mavericks and although they might not win this game, they will certainly fall inside the number.
Minnesota +6 1/2
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