Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors Betting Preview
This Wednesday, the Dallas Mavericks head to ORACLE Arena to take on the Golden State Warriors, who just finished polishing off the San Antonio Spurs in a 120-90 shellacking that seemed designed to separate the Warriors from the Spurs in the title conversation. Given that the Warriors have also routed Chicago and Cleveland by more than 30 points apiece in the last couple of weeks, do the Mavericks have a chance? Click here for our NBA betting lines.
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Why You Should Pick the Dallas Mavericks
It’s true that the Mavericks are one of the four teams that have knocked off the Golden State Warriors this season (although Stephen Curry missed that game with a leg injury). Also, Dirk Nowitzki is playing terrific ball even at his advanced age. Chandler Parsons, still recovering from microfracture surgery on his knee, is finally rounding into that elite scorer that the Mavericks thought they were getting, as he put up a season-best 31 points in the Mavericks’ Saturday loss to the Houston Rockets. Zaza Pachulia has been a big surprise at center for the Mavericks, playing so well that the fans almost voted him into a starting role for the Western Conference in the upcoming All-Star Game.
Why You Should Bet on the Warriors
It’s true that Chandler Parsons is heating up — but the Mavericks’ defense is also taking a major step back. Their defense was a big reason for their 2011 run to the title, when they shocked the Miami Heat, and it was a big reason for their big start to the 2015-16 season. Their head coach preaches hard-nosed defense, and when the team listens, they do quite well. However, they haven’t been listening lately, and the team has slid a bit in the standings as a result.
Also, the Warriors appear to be on a mission to make statements over the past few weeks. They glided into Cleveland and Chicago in games that the press described as tests for both sides, and the Warriors made the opposition look like the Washington Generals. Then they took on San Antonio, which has also been making mincemeat of their opposition — and they lost to them by 30 also.
That win over the Spurs should really clue you in as far as the Warriors’ dominance right now. San Antonio is a team that prides itself on a shutdown defense, and they did not have an answer for Stephen Curry. San Antonio had gone 13-3 in their last 16 meetings with Golden State, but Curry dropped 37 on them in just 28 minutes. The Spurs tried to use Tony Parker to guard Curry, but Curry torched the elder statesman. Then they asked Jonathon Simmons to pick up Curry fullcourt, but that just gave Curry more room to look like an artist. Kawhi Leonard, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, took a turn, and he ended up looking silly too. In the four games against Cleveland, Chicago, INdiana and San Antonio, Curry scored 136 points in 127 minutes. During those 127 minutes, Golden State outscored their opponents by a combined 115 points.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Do you think the Warriors have forgotten that loss in Dallas? Me either. It will be statement time once again, and the Warriors will cruise, 125-101.