Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs
The Dallas Mavericks travel to play the San Antonio Spurs in a match-up of two of the premier teams in the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs are listed as an 8-point favorite at home with an over/under total of 190.
The Dallas Mavericks have lost three straight and six of their last eight games.Â Traveling to San Antonio will not be an easy task as the San Antonio Spurs have one of the top records in the NBA.Â The San Antonio Spurs have an amazing 20-2 record at home and are 12-10 against the spread.Â However, one of those two losses at home was to the Dallas Mavericks in late November.
The recent struggles the Dallas Mavericks have endured are mainly due to injuries.Â Caron Butler, the Mavericks starting forward is out for the season with a knee injury.Â Also, Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks leading scorer and All-Star has not played since the end of December.Â These two injuries are the main factor for the Mavericks recent decline in form.
Defense is the key to success for the Dallas Mavericks.Â The Mavericks are allowing only 94.2 points per game, which ranks them, 7th in the league.Â Sports bettors who have bet the Dallas Mavericks while they are on the road have an impressive 12-3 record against the spread.Â Backing the Dallas Mavericks on the road has certainly been a profitable way to make some cash.
The San Antonio Spurs are also built around their defense.Â In their last four games they have only been giving up 89.5 points per game and have won all four of those games.Â Manu Ginobilli and Tony Parker are the Spurs two leading scorers averaging 19.1 and 17.1 points per game.
Both teams are very familiar with each other especially after playing last year in a seven game playoff series.Â The familiarity of the teams and both teams emphasis on defense makes me believe that der 190 is a solid play here.Â My lean on the game is due to the fact I believe it will be low scoring, I will take the road team the Dallas Mavericks with the 8 points.Â I see the Spurs winning a close game but the Mavericks covering the spread.
Dallas Mavericks +8 San Antonio Spurs
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