Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks - 4/8/14
Dallas Mavericks (47-31) at Utah Jazz (24-53)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +8 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, ROOT-RM
The Dallas Mavericks are still fighting to clinch a playoff spot in the West and could better their chances by sweeping the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.
The Mavericks have a game and a half lead over the Memphis Grizzlies for the seventh seed in the West and have won three straight to keep them at bay. On the season, the Mavericks average 105.1 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allow 102.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki has been on absolute fire lately, shooting 55 percent from the field and 52 percent from three in his last five games. The Mavs have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring more than 100 points. The Dallas Mavericks are 42-36 ATS overall and 25-14 ATS on the road.
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The Jazz have lost 12 of their last 14 games and are really spending their final games trying to play spoiler to playoff teams. On the season, the Jazz average 94.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allow 101.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Utah’s issues have been on the offensive side of the ball all season, but in the Jazz’ last five games, they’re surrendering 107.2 points. The Jazz have lost 14 straight games when allowing their opponent to reach the 100-point mark. The Utah Jazz are 31-40-6 ATS overall and 15-19-4 ATS at home.
The Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. The Jazz are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 1-4-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Mavericks are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Utah, while the favorite is 17-8 ATS in the last 25 meetings.
The Mavs have been scoring at will just about all season, while the Jazz haven't shown much effort on the defensive end as of late. I like this game to go over the projected total, as neither team has been great at getting stops. Dallas should score well over 100 points, and the Jazz will finish the job.