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Bucks vs. Mavericks - 1/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Mavericks (21-15) at Milwaukee Bucks (14-23)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)

The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +2.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW, FSWI

The Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks square off Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Dallas Mavericks look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 101.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds while Deron Williams is averaging 14.8 points and 5.6 assists. Wesley Matthews is dishing 1.7 assists and Zaza Pachulia is grabbing 10.7 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Mavs are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.1 turnovers per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won five of their last eight road games.

Bucks vs. Mavericks - 1/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Milwaukee Bucks need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 97.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 46 percent shooting. Khris Middleton is averaging 16.6 points and 3.8 assists while Greg Monroe is averaging 15.4 points and 9.5 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Michael Carter-Williams is dishing 5.7 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Bucks are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.9 turnovers per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won six of their last 10 home games. Jerryd Bayless is doubtful with an ankle injury.

The Mavericks are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win. The Bucks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss. The Mavericks are 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Milwaukee and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall. 

The Mavs continue to play decent basketball, especially on the road where they've been full of surprises. The Bucks have taken a step back this season and that defensive effort isn't the same. Give me the road team and the small chalk. 

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Dallas Mavericks -2.5

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