Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/21/13
Dallas Mavericks (15-10) at Phoenix Suns (14-10)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm (US Airways Center)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -1.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds
Two playoff hopefuls square off on Saturday as the surprising Phoenix Suns take on the Dallas Mavericks from US Airways Center.
Head to head, the Mavericks are 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Phoenix while the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Suns are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. Western Conference and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Mavericks on the other hand are 24-7 ATS in their last 31 games following a S.U. loss, 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
I apologize for the shortness of this article, but I'm not feeling well so I'm going to cut straight to the chase.
Man I love how this Phoenix Suns team has been playing this season. I thought they were no chance last night in Denver as they trailed by as many as 21 points at one stage. But a 31-17 final quarter would see them come from behind to take a 103-99 at the Pepsi Center, which is always a tough place to get a win. What's more impressive? They improved to 18-6-1 against the spread on the season and a ridiculous 11-2 away from home. Wow
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks couldn't hold off the Toronto Raptors at home last night, falling in overtime 109-108. The Mavs haven't been particularly good on the road this season either, winning just four of a possible 12 games.
How can you look past the Suns in this one? Dallas is a pretty formidable opponent, but Phoenix is just the better team right now, plain and simple..
Dan’s Pick: Phoenix -1.5
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