Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns - 12/5/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (11-8) at Dallas Mavericks (15-5)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, FSSW
The Dallas Mavericks host the Phoenix Suns in a battle of Western Conference contenders on Friday night in Big D.
The Phoenix Suns are carrying over their form from last season into this year as they sit at 11-8 on the season with a 5-4 mark on the road. Part of that success has come over the last month where the Suns have gone 6-3 against Eastern Conference opponents; the Suns open a tough three road game set in four nights here with trips to Houston and the LA Clippers on the horizon. Phoenix ranks 5th in the league in scoring with 105.1 points per game but the defense will be challenged here after allowing 103.1 points per game to rank 25th in the league up until this point. The Suns will hope that Goran Dragic’s strong outings in the past two games will carry over, especially from deep where Gragic is eight for 12. The Suns always have options to score with five players averaging double figures including Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas in addition to Dragic in the backcourt, but the team’s rebounding could use work with no big man averaging double digit rebounds as Markieff Morris leads the team with 6.4 per game and Miles Plumlee hauls in six per game from the center position.
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The Dallas Mavericks are taking care of business in early action with a 15-5 record entering this contest behind the NBA’s top scoring offense which averages 110.2 points per game. Dirk Nowitzki has sat out two of the last four games on the second night of back-to-backs so the big German figures to be well-rested and ready to produce in this game. The Mavericks can also rely on the contributions of Monta Ellis, with the ninth year shooting guard averaging 20.7 points and 4.8 assists per game. The Mavericks are riding a five game winning streak into this contest and hold a 7-2 record on their home floor with losses coming in against weaker Eastern foes in the Heat and Pacers. The Mavericks won’t be taking a Western conference team lightly and figure to find ways to score against a Suns team that has shown vulnerability on the defensive end.
This should be a good one to watch if you enjoy offense and don’t mind waiting for shooters to heat up. The over is set accordingly at a whopping 215.5 which has me looking to the under in hopes that this line has been jacked up a bit too high even considering the offensive potential of each team.