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Brooklyn Nets vs. Dallas Mavericks - 1/24/14

Dallas Mavericks (25-19) at Brooklyn Nets (18-22)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Brooklyn Nets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds


The streaking Brooklyn Nets welcome the Dallas Mavericks to town on NBA Friday.

The Mavericks have won five of their last eight games but will be disappointed with their 93-85 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday. With Dirk Nowitzki resting on the sidelines, other players needed to step up but while Monta Ellis had just 21 points, Jose Calderon and Brandan Wright were the only two other players to even finish in double digits in points which was a shame because the Mavs shot out of the gates to lead by 34-15 at the end of the first quarter, but just couldn't keep it going thereafter. The good news is that Nowitzki is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Nets.

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Dallas Mavericks - 1/24/14


Meanwhile, the Nets continued their red-hot form with a third straight after taking down the Magic by 101-90 on Tuesday. Andray Blatche led the team in scoring with 18 points off the bench while Mirza Teleovic made four three pointers on his way to 14 points as the Nets won their eighth game in nine outings to improve to 18-22 overall and 11-9 at home. The win also has significance because it is the first time the Nets have won both games of a back to back set this season.

In ATS trends, the Mavs are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 39-17 ATS in their last 56 games following a loss, while the Nets are 6-0 ATS in their last six home games and 8-1 ATS in their last nine games overall.

Head to head, the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last four.

You have to be impressed with the way the Nets went from one of the worst teams in the league to one of the hottest. I still remember how hopeless they were earlier in the season but they've been in a serious groove and should be good enough to take care of the Mavs at home.

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