Dallas Mavericks (21-46) at New York Knicks (24-43)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +2 -- Over/Under: 212.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks meet Tuesday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Dallas Mavericks could use a victory here after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 102.3 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.4 points and 6.4 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.8 points and 4.9 assists. Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Dirk Nowitzki is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.3 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 41.1 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost six straight road games.
The New York Knicks also need a win here in order to snap a seven-game losing streak. The New York Knicks are averaging 104 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.4 points and 2.8 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.3 points and 10.8 rebounds. Courtney Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Beasley is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost six straight home games.
The Mavericks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Atlantic, 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS loss and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games. The Knicks are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 home games, 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
I'm not trying to bet either of these teams in spots like this, as wins do nothing for their franchise except hurt their draft position. But, the Dallas Mavericks still have NBA players on their roster, while the Knicks are throwing out a laughable lineup most nights and are being outscored by more than 16 points in their last five games. If forced to pick this game, I'll lay the bucket with the Mavs.