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Jonah Ballow
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Wolves @ Mavericks 7:30 PM - American Airlines Center
Where to Watch: FS North
Where to Listen: 1130 AM

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Notable Injuries:
Wolves:
* Kevin Love (groin) - OUT
* Michael Beasley (hip) - DAY-TO-DAY

Mavericks:
* Shawn Marion (wrist) - DAY-TO-DAY
* Caron Butler (knee) - OUT

Scouting Report:
Big Picture
Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban is stirring up the social media networks with his recent guest spot on the Jimmy Kimmel Show that included a surprise visit from Charlie Sheen. The former lead actor on the sitcom Two and a Half Men has garnered massive attention on Twitter and talk shows for his outlandish behavior. One of the "trending" phrases from Sheen is: Winning. Cuban and his Mavs need a bit of the "Winning" formula as the squad owns a 5-5 record over its last 10 games while the Lakers and Spurs surge ahead and Oklahoma City is closing from behind, just 3.5 games behind Dallas. The schedule will not allow the Mavericks to relax with five straight road games following tonight's contest against Minnesota.

Last Time Out
With a 101-73 victory on Sunday night, Dallas clinched its 11th consecutive playoff berth and improved to 49-21 on the season.

The Wolves would like to forget a 127-97 defeat to Sacramento at the Target Center on Sunday. In the 32-point loss, Minnesota fell to 17-54 and searching for a win to snap a four-game losing skid.

The Numbers Game
In the last meeting between the two teams, the Wolves battled down the stretch but lost 108-105 on March 7. Both squads launched a combined 58 3-pointers with the Mavericks shooting 34.3 percent and Minnesota hitting an impressive 47.8 percent behind the arc.

Match-up to Watch
Wolves bench vs. Mavericks bench
During the first meeting, Dallas cruised to a 100-86 victory as its bench established dominance and outscored Minnesota's bench 59-32. Shawn Marion jumped off the pine with 16 points to lead the Mavericks along with Jason Terry and his seven assists in the Dallas win. On March 7, the Wolves narrowed the gap by evening the bench production, considering the Mavericks only posted a two-point advantage in that category. Marion missed Sunday's game due to a sprained right wrist but he is expected to return tonight and bolster an extremely deep bench for Dallas that includes Terry, Brian Cardinal, Jose Juan Barea, and former Wolves defensive specialist Corey Brewer. The Mavericks received an added threat from the perimeter with Peja Stojakovic jumping back into action on Sunday following a six-game layoff. Stojakovic scored 17 points off 5-for-8 shooting behind the 3-point line.

What to Look For
The Wolves lineups will look drastically different without leading scorer and rebounder Kevin Love, who is suffering from a left groin injury and did not travel with the team on the current two-game road trip. Love has played in every single game this year, which places a great deal of pressure on Anthony Randolph as he steps into the starting lineup at the power forward position. Michael Beasley is also a gametime decision due to his ongoing hip injury that took place following an illegal hit from Lakers center Andrew Bynum. Wolves head coach Kurt Rambis believes the team must effectively move the ball in order to ignite the offense and find quality shooting opportunities. Defensively, Minnesota needs to increase its intensity after allowing 50 points in the paint, 56 percent shooting from the floor, and 50 percent behind the arc to Sacramento on Sunday.
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