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Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/21/13

Dallas Mavericks (15-10) at Phoenix Suns (14-10)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm (US Airways Center)

The Line: Phoenix Suns -1.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds

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Two playoff hopefuls square off on Saturday as the surprising Phoenix Suns take on the Dallas Mavericks from US Airways Center.

Head to head, the Mavericks are 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Phoenix while the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Suns are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. Western Conference and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Mavericks on the other hand are 24-7 ATS in their last 31 games following a S.U. loss, 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.

I apologize for the shortness of this article, but I'm not feeling well so I'm going to cut straight to the chase.

Man I love how this Phoenix Suns team has been playing this season. I thought they were no chance last night in Denver as they trailed by as many as 21 points at one stage. But a 31-17 final quarter would see them come from behind to take a 103-99 at the Pepsi Center, which is always a tough place to get a win. What's more impressive? They improved to 18-6-1 against the spread on the season and a ridiculous 11-2 away from home. Wow

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks couldn't hold off the Toronto Raptors at home last night, falling in overtime 109-108. The Mavs haven't been particularly good on the road this season either, winning just four of a possible 12 games.

How can you look past the Suns in this one? Dallas is a pretty formidable opponent, but Phoenix is just the better team right now, plain and simple..

Dan’s Pick: Phoenix -1.5

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Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/21/13

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