Mavericks at Spurs - 10/28/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Mavericks (0-0) at San Antonio Spurs (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -4.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs will begin the 2014 season Tuesday night at the AT&T Center on TNT.
The Dallas Mavericks were one of the busiest teams in the offseason by adding Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Chandler Parsons and Jameer Nelson. Although Felton is out until further notice with an ankle injury, the Mavericks believe they have what it takes to make an even bigger run than last year in the West. The Dallas Mavericks are one of the most experienced teams in the NBA and now have an upgrade at center and true scoring threats outside of Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis. Keep in mind that the Dallas Mavericks were the only team that gave the San Antonio Spurs a run for their money in last year’s playoffs, taking them to seven games. While it is just the first game of the season, this is somewhat of a statement game for the Mavs.
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The San Antonio Spurs begin their journey to defend their NBA championship title and return pretty much exactly the same team. The Spurs main core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili remains intact. The Spurs will also have a more confident Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to rely on after monster performances in last year’s playoffs. However, Leonard remains questionable for this game with an eye injury. Really the only move the Spurs made during the offseason was drafting point guard Kyle Anderson, who has the potential to fit in well with his skill set. With seven players 28 years or older, the only real concern for the San Antonio Spurs is health, as Gregg Popovich will have to continue monitoring some of the players minutes throughout the year. Overall, however, the Spurs have to be the favorites once again to be crowned champs at the end of the season.
The Mavericks are 50-20 ATS in their last 70 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Spurs are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Western Conference. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in San Antonio, while the underdog is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
This line has dropped a ton, as it opened with the Spurs favored by 7.5 points. I'll take advantage of it and back the Spurs and the small chalk. It's ring night, much of the Spurs team is the same and I think it's going to take some time for the Mavs to start jelling with their new guys. Tough to pick against the defending champs on opening night with everything that comes with it.