San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks - 10/28/14
Dallas Mavericks (49-33) at San Antonio Spurs (62-20)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -7.5 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
The NBA season kicks off tonight when the San Antonio Spurs play host to the Dallas Mavericks.
Last season, the San Antonio Spurs were able to climb their way back to the top of the hill and capture their fifth championship since drafting Tim Duncan back in 1997. With the deepest and most unselfish roster in the league, the Spurs just about ticked every box last season: finish the regular season with the best overall record, keep your core players fresh, and develop young talent. As fans of the game, we expected nothing less from the players like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, but what elevated the Spurs to a new level was Kawhi Leonard who was able to make "the Leap" and claim his first Finals MVP at just 22 years old. Of the roster from last season, the Spurs are returning 14 players and will be introducing the rookie, Kyle Anderson, a player who looked to be one of the steals of the draft, so expect to see San Antonio set the benchmark for the league once again.
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Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks finished the 2013-14 regular season with a 49-33 record which was good enough for the eighth seed in the crowded Western Conference, but not quite good enough to get past the Spurs in the first round. Coming off a disappointing finish, the Mavs kept busy in the offseason and signed six new players, the two most notable being the return of Tyson Chandler and the addition of the underappreciated Chandler Parsons. Together with the additions of Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton, Dallas look to returning as one of the best offenses in the league and a true championship contender in the West.
In ATS trends, the Mavs are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in San Antonio and the Over is 5-1 in the last six.
Coming off a championship season, the Spurs will be looking to kick off tonight with a big win in front of their home crowd but they will be dealing with the emotions of the championship ring ceremony. This opens the door for the new-look Mavs to kick off their new campaign with a big road win, so I'll be taking the road team with the points in this one.