Minnesota faces Dallas on 4-game win streak
Minnesota Timberwolves (15-15, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (14-15, ninth in the Western Conference)
Dallas; Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota will try to keep its four-game win streak alive when the Timberwolves take on Dallas.
The Mavericks are 11-8 in Western Conference games. Dallas ranks last in the NBA scoring 39.9 points per game in the paint.
The Timberwolves have gone 11-9 against Western Conference opponents. Minnesota ranks seventh in the league scoring 13.7 fast break points per game led by Anthony Edwards averaging 4.2.
The teams play for the second time this season. The Timberwolves won the last matchup on Dec. 20, with Karl-Anthony Towns scoring 24 points in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Luka Doncic is scoring 25.6 points per game and averaging 8.0 rebounds for the Mavericks. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 2.8 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Dallas.
Towns is averaging 24.4 points, nine rebounds and 3.4 assists for the Timberwolves. Edwards is averaging 22.3 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mavericks: 4-6, averaging 104.8 points, 43.7 rebounds, 23.3 assists, 5.7 steals and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 101.3 points per game.
Timberwolves: 5-5, averaging 109.3 points, 43.6 rebounds, 22.3 assists, 8.1 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 42.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.8 points.
INJURIES: Mavericks: Josh Green: out (health and safety protocols), Luka Doncic: out (ankle), Willie Cauley-Stein: out (personal), Frank Ntilikina: out (illness), Reggie Bullock: out (health and safety protocols), Eugene Omoruyi: out (foot).
Timberwolves: Josh Okogie: out (health and safety protocols), Taurean Prince: out (health and safety protocols), Anthony Edwards: out (health and safety protocols).