Mavericks vs. Warriors - 12/13/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (19-2) at Dallas Mavericks (17-7)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +2.5 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, FSSW
The Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks play Saturday afternoon at the American Airlines Center.
The Golden State Warriors have won 14 straight games and begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Warriors are averaging 106.8 points on 48.2 percent shooting and are allowing 95.6 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with 23 points and 7.7 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 21.2 points and 3.5 assists. Draymond Green is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game and Harrison Barnes is shooting 53.1 percent from the field. The Golden State Warriors offense gets a ton of the credit for their success, but their defense is allowing teams to shoot 41.3 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from deep in their last five games. The Warriors balance makes them the best team in the league right now. Andrew Bogut is questionable for this game with a knee injury.
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The Dallas Mavericks have split their last four games and are hanging onto the seventh spot in the West. On the season, the Mavericks are averaging 110.5 points on 48.2 percent shooting and are allowing 103.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Monta Ellis leads the Mavs with 20.6 points and 4.5 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.8 points and 5.6 rebounds. Chandler Parsons is shooting 44.3 percent from the field and Tyson Chandler is grabbing 11.5 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks remain the top offensive team in the league, as they are shooting a cool 37 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games and are 17-4 SU this season when topping 100 points. The issue with the Mavs continues to be on the defensive side, as they’ve allowed triple-digit points in 10 straight games.
The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 39-19-1 ATS in their last 59 games overall. The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 53-24 ATS in their last 77 games following a ATS loss. The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Dallas and 33-16-1 ATS in the last 50 meetings overall.
It's tough to bet against the Golden State Warriors. Until Golden State figures out how to lose a game, the Warriors and the small chalk has to be the pick. The Mavs lack of defense will cost them here.