Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver Nuggets Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/21/14
Denver Nuggets (31-37) at Dallas Mavericks (41-28)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets head to Dallas on Friday to face off against the Mavericks.
The Dallas Mavericks are currently in the eighth spot in the West, desperately clinging on to the final playoff position in the conference. The Mavs are coming off of a tough overtime loss to the Timberwolves on Wednesday, where the Mavs fell to Minnesota 123-22. Dallas’s offense has been solid all season long, but with this defense, even if the Mavs do hold on and make the post season, it will be tough for them to make much noise.
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The Denver Nuggets have had a disappointing season this year, as the Nuggets are just 31-37, and, while there is still an outside shot at the playoffs here, it is definitely a long shot. Denver hasn’t been known for their defense the past few seasons, but the offense has been dynamic, helping make up some of that cushion. This season the offense is solid, but Denver isn’t putting up the points they were last year, and their record has suffered for it.
Denver has been playing well in the eyes of Vegas lately however, as the Nuggets are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games, and Denver is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games when playing on just one day of rest.
The Mavericks are 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games against the West, and Dallas is 15-7 against the spread in their last 22 games when playing on just one day of rest.
I have to take the points here with the Nuggets. Dalllas is solid, especially at home, but I just can't see giving up nearly double digit points to a Denver team that has the capability of lighting up the scoreboard at any time.