Dallas Mavericks (8-21) at San Antonio Spurs (19-10)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -8.5 -- Over/Under: 197 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs meet Saturday in NBA action at the AT&T Center.
The Dallas Mavericks could use a bounce back victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 99.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.4 points and four assists. J.J. Barea is the third double-digit scorer and Wesley Matthews is dishing 2.8 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost five straight road games.
The San Antonio Spurs look for a victory here after winning seven of their last 10 games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 101.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 97.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22.7 points and 8.3 rebounds while Kawhi Leonard is averaging 13 points and one assist. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Pau Gasol is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have won eight straight home games.
The Mavericks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spurs are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 home games. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in San Antonio, 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 22-6 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
The Spurs are an old team that's on the end of a back to back, something that usually doesn't bode well. The Dallas Mavericks haven't been winning games much, but they're only being outscored by five points in their last five games and have been money against the spread. The Mavs are also 8-4 ATS this season when an underdog by at least five points but less than nine points. I'll take my chances with the Mavericks hanging around here and getting another cover.