San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks - 4/20/14 Game One
Dallas Mavericks (49-33) at San Antonio Spurs (62-20)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -9 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs will play game one of the NBA playoffs on Sunday afternoon. The Spurs swept the season series 4-0.
The Mavericks ended the regular season winning five of their last seven games to clinch the last spot in the West. On the season, the Mavericks average 104.8 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allow 102.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki has shot 53.2 percent from the field in his final five games, while Monta Ellis shot 47.1 percent from three in his final five games. Despite being a high-powered offensive team, the Mavs have won 13 straight games when holding their opponent under 100 points. The Dallas Mavericks are 44-38 ATS overall and 27-14 ATS on the road.
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The Spurs head into the playoffs completely healthy due to resting numerous players down the stretch. On the season, the Spurs average 105.4 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allow 97.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting. The Spurs have won their last 15 games when holding their opponent under 100 points, but have lost four of their last seven when allowing 100-plus points. Of course, some of those final games the Spurs weren’t playing all of their key guys. Patty Mills has made at least one three in 13 straight games. The San Antonio Spurs are 45-37 ATS overall and 20-21 ATS at home.
The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest and 47-19 ATS in their last 66 road games. The Spurs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Mavericks are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in San Antonio, while the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
While I like plenty of dogs in the first game of the playoffs, give me the Spurs to win this one by double digits. The Mavs are in over their heads and with the Spurs playing everybody for the first time in a week or so, and this will get ugly.