Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks - 10/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (0-0) at Dallas Mavericks (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -10.5 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz hope to avoid a second straight loss when they pay a visit to the Dallas Mavericks tonight.
The Utah Jazz are expected by most people to finish right at the bottom of the Western Conference like last season, but there are plenty of positives to draw from their 104-93 loss against the Rockets last night. Sure, a loss is still a loss, but Alec Burks led the way with 18 points, Derrick Favors added 16 and Trey Burke had 15 points as the Jazz hang tough in a game they would've lost by 20 last season. There's still plenty of work to do on defense because the Rockets were allowed to shoot 14 of 27 from the three-point line, but the Rockets led by as many as 13 points in the third before the young Jazz stormed back to within three points to start the fourth.
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Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks are coming off a loss of their own, but there's no real shame in falling one point shy of knocking off the defending champs on the road. Monta Ellis poured in 26 points while Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points as the Mavericks fell to the Spurs by 101-100 on opening night. Chandler Parsons who signed with the Mavs in the offseason struggled his way to just five points on two of 10 shooting, but had a wide open three just bounce off the rim with 0.4 seconds remaining. Parsons will still be thinking about the missed shot, but I wouldn't put too much blame on him because both Nowitzki and Ellis passed up the ball in that possession.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on zero days rest, while the Mavs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings against the Jazz.
The Jazz showed plenty of fight in their loss to the Rockets but I don't think they'll be able to stay with the Mavs in their own building. The spread seems a couple points too high but the Mavs should cruise here anyway.