New York Knicks vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/16/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Mavericks (17-8) at New York Knicks (5-21)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +7 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
The New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks meet tonight for the second and final time this season.
The Dallas Mavericks have cooled off from a five-game win streak with just two in their last five overall, including a 105-98 defeat against the Warriors on Saturday. Going up against the best three-point shooting lineup in the league, the Mavs got absolutely scorched early on, falling behind by 21 points in the first quarter and 28 in the second before getting within seven points late in the game. Monta Ellis made the most of extended garbage time, scoring 24 points while Dirk Nowitzki added 23, but this game really was done and dusted by halftime. With the loss, Dallas falls to 17-8 on the season and 9-4 at home.
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Meanwhile, the New York Knicks continued their horrific season with their 11th loss in 12 games, falling to the Raptors in a 95-90 overtime heartbreaker on Sunday. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 34 points, Tim Hardaway Jr added 18 and Jose Calderon had 13, but when the game went into overtime, there was just no stopping Kyle Lowry who simply took over. With the loss, New York drops to a miserable 5-21 on the season and 3-10 at home.
In ATS trends, the Mavs are 47-17 ATS in their last 64 games following a loss and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Knicks are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the Mavs are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Over is 5-1 in last six meetings in New York.
There's no doubt that these two teams are going to finish on opposite ends of the ladder when it's all said and done, but the Knicks were good enough to take the Mavs to overtime back on Nov 26, so I'm going to give them some credit and take them with the points tonight.