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D’Angelo Russell off injury report ahead of game vs. Mavericks

Timberwolves G was held out Sunday to rest his knee.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell holds the ball with referee Nate Green as they wait for action to resume in the game with the Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens at Target Center.  Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves PG D’Angelo Russell is off the injury report and will play Monday vs. the Dallas Mavericks. Here’s the full report, per Timberwolves PR:

Jake Layman being probable is also noteworthy. He hasn’t played since Nov. 18 due to a toe injury. Russell will return to the starting lineup and send Jordan McLaughlin back to the bench. Karl-Anthony Towns remains out with a fractured wrist and none of the T-Wolves trade deadline acquisitions will be able to play.

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With Russell back, it’s a downgrade for McLaughlin, who started on Sunday and played 34 minutes, scoring 15 points with 10 assists and four rebounds. McLaughlin should still see some run off the bench, but probably won’t get more than 20-25 minutes. Layman’s potential return could cut into Kelan Martin and Jarrett Culver’s playing time on the wing.

On DraftKings Sportsbook, the line has the Mavs favored by 13 points at home. The Timberwolves have won one game since Jan. 9 ... So yeah, Minnesota isn’t playing inspired basketball right now. Even with D’Lo back, Dallas should have an easy time winning this contest. As for the spread, it’s a bit high. I can see some value in the T-Wolves maybe covering. While they have a penchant for losing, they don’t lose big.