Suns vs. Mavericks - 10/28/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Mavericks (51-36) at Phoenix Suns (39-43)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -3.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, FSAZ
The Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns open their season Wednesday at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Dallas Mavericks have missed the playoffs just once over the last decade but will be challenged this season. Dirk Nowitzki is no longer the player he was at 37 years old, Deron Williams isn’t exactly the best option for starting point guard and Chandler Parsons is still dealing with nagging injuries. The plus side for the Mavs is that Wesley Matthews is one of the better shooting guards in the league when healthy, Zaza Pachulia can be a double-double guy at center and J.J. Barea can still provide a spark off the bench. The Dallas Mavericks aren’t completely bare of talent but certainly have their work cut out for them if they’re going to make the playoffs once under again coach Rick Carlisle. Chandler Parsons is doubtful with a knee injury.
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The Phoenix Suns are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009, as Jeff Hornacek enters his third year with the club. The Suns have enough in place to be a sneaky team in the West this season, as you can do a lot worse than a backcourt of Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. P.J. Tucker is starting to come into his own at small forward and the addition of Tyson Chandler at center adds defense and championship experience to the roster. The concerns for the Suns is the overall youth and lack of depth. Rookie Devin Booker has a chance to really shine and Alex Len is a solid backup, but others need to step up. The Phoenix Suns have been a middle-of-the-road team the last two seasons and need consistent production if that’s going to improve this year.
The Mavericks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 vs. Western Conference. The Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Mavericks are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Mavs are an old basketball team that's likely going to struggle against the pace the Suns want to play. There's a reason the Suns have beaten the Mavs in thee of the last four meetings. Those old legs can't keep up with the quick pace. I like the Suns to win and cover on opening day.