Betting on the San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks Game
The Dallas Mavericks host the San Antonio Spurs Friday night in a key matchup in the NBA’s Southwest Division. The Mavericks (28-23) lost in Atlanta on Monday and host the Miami Heat on Wednesday night before the Spurs come to town to open the weekend. The Spurs (40-8) knocked off Orlando at home on Monday, 107-92, and they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday before heading to Dallas on Friday night.
Tim Duncan (soreness, right knee) is out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Mavs game. pic.twitter.com/Nt8lkFPtcm
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 5, 2016
Betting on the Spurs vs Mavericks Game
Date: February 5, 2016
Time: 9:30pm ET
Venue: American Airlines Center
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Why should you bet on the Spurs?
The Spurs polished off the Magic to elevate their home record this year to 26-0. LaMarcus Aldridge, who came from Portland in the off-season, put up 28 points, a season high, and Patty Mills poured in 22 more. Together, they were 18 for 26 from the field, and Mills was three for four from downtown. The Magic put up one of their best efforts of the year, outrebounding the Spurs by nine for the game. What you can take from this performance is that, even when the Spurs are not playing their best, they can still knock off a run-of-the-mill NBA team by 15 without having to expend a whole bunch of extra energy. The Mavericks are a stronger team than the Spurs, but they don’t have the weapons to threaten the Spurs on a consistent basis.
Why should you take the Mavericks?
Chandler Parsons has been one of the best offensive players in the NBA in January, as his shooting touch has really taken off. Wesley Matthew has also been pouring in the points since his Achilles tendon finally healed completely. He is the second-fastest active player to 1,000 three-point shots, making him a perfect fit for the track-meet Dallas offense. When those two are on, and Dirk is holding his own, this is a tough team to stop, as their ball movement is elite. If the Mavericks can put together a solid defensive effort, they are good enough to give the Spurs all they can handle — but that’s been the problem for the Mavericks, putting together a consistent defensive effort from start to finish.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Mavericks are a fun team to watch, but the Spurs are playing at another level this season. I like the Spurs to come into the American Airline Center and roll over the Mavericks, 107-98. Be sure to check the teams’ injury reports and game summaries from their Wednesday matchups, though, because changes in the lineup could shift the outcome significantly. Sometimes Gregg Popovich rests his starters — which would put the balance of power in the Mavericks’ favor, so check game updates through the morning on Friday before finalizing your bets.