San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks - 4/10/14
San Antonio Spurs (60-18) at Dallas Mavericks (48-31)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks 0 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs could sweep the Dallas Mavericks with a win on Thursday night.
The Spurs head into this matchup with the best record in the NBA, but have lost two of their last three games. With the season quickly coming to an end, coach Greg Popovich is resting players completely in preparation for the playoffs. On the season, The Spurs average 105.4 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allow 97.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Tony Parker will miss this game with a back injury, while Manu Ginobili is doubtful with a calf injury. The San Antonio Spurs are 43-35 ATS overall and 24-15 ATS on the road.
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The Mavericks are inching closer to clinching a playoff bid and could take another step by beating the Spurs. On the season, the Mavericks average 104.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allow 102.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is shooting 59.3 percent from the field and 57.7 percent from three in his last five games. The Mavericks have also improved defensively during that stretch, as they’re holding teams to 28.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc in their last five contests. The Dallas Mavericks are 43-36 ATS overall and 17-22 ATS at home.
The Spurs are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. The Spurs are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Dallas, while the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Sure, the Spurs have dominated the Mavericks against the number and SU over the years. However, the Spurs have pretty much everything locked up and are resting players, while the Mavericks need to keep winning to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
I think getting the Mavs in a pick’em is an absolute steal. Pick Dallas with high confidence.