What happened the last time these teams played?
This will be the third time Dallas has taken on Minnesota this year, and the Mavericks have won both previous games. The most recent victory came in overtime (largely thanks to Chandler Parsons) on a night when Dirk was resting and Karl Anthony Towns went nuts with 27 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocks, but it seems reasonable to expect things to go differently tonight.
What have the Timberwolves done since then?
Like most teams, the Wolves didn't make any moves at the trade deadline, but announced this week that they were waiving point guard (and oldest active NBA player) Andre Miller.
The team has lost three of its five games since the All-Star break and remains firmly in lottery territory at 13th in the West. Tonight's game will be the second of a road back-to-back for the Timberwolves, coming off a come-from-behind win over the Pelicans last night. They'll be missing three of their big men: Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic, and Nemanja Bjelica.
What is the match-up to watch?
The match-up to watch tonight is all about the Mavs: newcomer David Lee is still trying to find his fit with the team. It'll be interesting to see how he looks in his third game as a Maverick (you can read more about his and other Mavericks' expectations here), in particular whether we see him acting as Dirk's back-up, as he did initially in his debut against OKC, or whether we see a lot more of the defensively-challenged Dirk-Lee front court pairing.
How to watch
Tonight's game will be nationally televised. You can catch it on NBATV (or, as always, on Fox Sports Southwest in the Dallas area) starting at 6 p.m. CT.