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Mavericks vs. Nuggets - 1/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (18-20) at Dallas Mavericks (27-13)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks play Friday night at the American Airlines Center.

The Denver Nuggets are making things interesting after winning five straight games. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 102.6 points on 44 percent shooting and are allowing 103.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Ty Lawson is averaging 17 points and 10.1 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 15.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. Wilson Chandler is shooting 41.8 percent from the field and Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.9 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 51.5 percent from the field during this winning streak, but it’s their offense that’s made the difference. The Nuggets are allowing 43 percent shooting in their last five games and are 10-3 SU this season when allowing less than 100 points. Jameer Nelson is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.

Mavericks vs. Nuggets - 1/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks have split their last six games and play their second home game of the month. On the season, the Mavericks are averaging 108.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting and are allowing 102.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Monta Ellis is averaging 20.4 points and 4.5 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Chandler Parsons is shooting 44.6 percent from the field and Rajon Rondo is dishing 8.1 assists. The Dallas Mavericks have allowed 100-plus points in four straight games and are allowing 46 percent shooting in their last five games. A return home should help the Mavs get back on track considering six of their last seven games have been on the road.

The Nuggets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southwest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mavericks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Nuggets are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Dallas. 

The Nuggets are on a bit of a roll and have owned the Mavs ATS over the years. The value here is with the points. 

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Denver Nuggets +8

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