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Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz - 11/22/13

Utah Jazz (1-12) at Dallas Mavericks (8-4)

NBA Basketball: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks -11.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Mavericks look to make light work of the visiting Utah Jazz on Friday night.

Head to head, the Jazz are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 6-13 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Dallas while the home team is 27-11-1 ATS in the last 39 meetings and the favorite is 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings. The Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 40-19 ATS in their last 59 games overall. The Jazz on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, but just 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz - 11/22/13

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I had the Dallas Mavericks pegged to win under 43 games this season and if early indications are anything to go by, then I think I was wrong. While they need to improve on the road, the Mavs have looked awesome at home in the early going, winning their first six games at American Airlines Center after coming from behind to defeat the Houston Rockets 123-120 on Wednesday night. Monta Ellis, who is coming off a season-high 37 points in their win over the Rockets, has been the main reason for their fast start, leading the team in scoring with 23.3 points while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. Who ever thought we would see Ellis shoot this high a percentage? Granted, Dallas has only played 12 games, but still, Monta has been awesome.

I commend the Utah Jazz for sucking this bad. If there was one year you wanted to be really bad, then this was the season given the talent that will be available in the upcoming draft. The Jazz knew they weren’t going to win a championship with the roster they currently had so they decided not to re-sign the likes of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in the offseason, which was the smartest move they could make. They are going to take their lumps for a couple of seasons no doubt, but I bet we are talking about them as title contenders soon rather than latter, which is more than you can say for the Milwaukee and Toronto’s of the world. 

There is a chance the Jazz could catch the Mavs on a bit of a letdown after their big win over the Rockets on Wednesday, but I just can’t pick them with any confidence, especially considering Gordon Hayward is questionable with a bruised knee. Even with their leading scorer, Utah is ranked as the second-worst offensive team in the league. I just don’t see how they keep up with a Dallas squad that is red hot at home this season...

Dan’s Pick: Dallas -11.5

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