Dallas Mavericks vs. New York Knicks - 1/5/14
New York Knicks (10-22) at Dallas Mavericks (19-14)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks play host to Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks on Sunday night.
Head to head, the Knicks are 7-16 ATS in the last 23 meetings and 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Dallas while the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Mavericks are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Knicks on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, but just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
If this game had been played a couple of weeks ago, I would of had no problem taking the Dallas Mavericks as a six and a half-point favorite against the slumping New York Knicks. However, things can change pretty quickly as the Mavs are no longer the dominate home team we saw for the first month of action and the Knicks suddenly look like a proffesional basketball team again.
Dallas comes into tonight's contest having dropped three straight home games after opening the season by winning their first seven at American Airlines Center. In fact, the Mavericks have only covered in seven of their 16 home games to date. Meanwhile, New York has won three of their last five on the road and are coming off a narrow 102-100 loss in Houston on Friday night. That loss followed was what their best win of the young season as they defeated the San Antonio Spurs 105-101 on Thursday night on the road.
It's easy to look at New York's last two road games in San Antonio and Houston and think they are a 'lock' in this spot. However, remember that Iman Shumpert has had two career games in a row against the Spurs and Rockets, scoring a combined 53 points on a ridiculous 12-14 shooting from beyond the arc. While he may very well go off again tonight against the Mavs small backcourt, I doubt he keeps up that sizziling shooting from down town.
Dallas is going to want to end their three game home losing streak no doubt, but I like how this New York team is playing at the moment and they should have plenty of confidence after their last couple of outings. Ray Felton should also return tonight, which should be a boost for the Knicks..
Dan’s Pick: New York +6.5
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