San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks - 3/2/14
Dallas Mavericks (36-24) at San Antonio Spurs (42-16)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks face a tough task tonight as they attempt to beat the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
The Mavericks have won 10 of their last 13 games but just had their four-game win streak snapped on Friday when they lost to the Bulls by 100-91. Monta Ellis led six players in double figures with 20 points while Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter added 15 points apiece, but the Mavs were unable to hold off the pesky Bulls despite leading by as many as 16 points in the first half. That's the problem with big early leads, it often causes a team to lose focus and once the Mavs lost it, the Bulls pounced and sealed the game with a dominant 27-15 fourth quarter. With the loss, Dallas fell to 36-24 overall which leaves them just one game ahead of the surging Phoenix.
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Meanwhile, the shorthanded Spurs have won five of their last six and will be going for a third straight win tonight after clawing their way past the Bobcats on Friday. TIm Duncan had 17 points, 16 rebounds and six assists as the Spurs beat the Bobcats by 92-82 on a 12-2 run to close out the game. In the absence of Tony Parker, the bench came up big for the Spurs as Manu Ginobili added 15 points while Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli added 14 points apiece. With the win, San Antonio improved to 42-16 on the season which leaves them just 1 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference.
In ATS trends, the Mavs are 40-16 ATS in their last 56 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, while the Spurs are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Mavs are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in San Antonio.
The Mavs have been solid on the road all season but have never fared too well against the Spurs at the AT&T Center so I'm sticking with the home team to win and cover here.