Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors - 3/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (61-6) at Dallas Mavericks (34-34)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +8.5 -- Over/Under: 222.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks collide on Friday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Warriors have been on an absolute tear for about two seasons now and they continued that hot form with a dominant 121-85 win over the Knicks on Wednesday night. Stephen Curry led the way with 34 points in just 28 minutes, Klay Thompson added 19 points while Marreese Speights had 13 as the Warriors shot 50.5 percent from the field and 18 of 37 from the 3-point line to dominate the hapless Knicks in a one-sided affair. With the win, Golden State improves to 61-6 on the season and they are unbeaten in their last 50 games at home.
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Meanwhile, the Mavericks have lost six of their last seven games and will be disappointed by Wednesday's 99-98 loss at Cleveland as they were playing against a Cavaliers side missing LeBron James. Dirk Nowitzki and David Lee led the team in scoring with 20 points each while JJ Barea added 17 points in just 23 minutes off the bench, but the Mavs will be kicking themselves about not winning the game after storming back from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter. With the disappointing loss, Dallas drops to 34-34 on the season which has them clinging onto eighth place in the Western Conference, just 1.5 games ahead of Utah in ninth place.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall but just 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games, while the Mavs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.
Head to head, the Warriors are 38-17-1 ATS in the last 56 meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Dallas.
The Mavs will be eager to bounce back after Wednesday's heartbreaking loss at Cleveland, but I can't see that happening against the Warriors in red-hot form. Take the visitors to pull away late and get the cover.