Dallas Mavericks (22-47) at Brooklyn Nets (21-48)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -2.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.
The Dallas Mavericks could use a victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 102.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.9 points and 4.9 assists. Dirk Nowitzki is the third double-digit scorer and J.J. Barea is dishing 6.3 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77 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 four of their last five road games.
The Brooklyn Nets could also use a victory here after losing seven of their last eight games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 105.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 16.1 points and 4.8 assists while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is the third double-digit scorer and DeMarre Carroll is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost eight of their last nine home games.
The Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Nets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Brooklyn, the underdog is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the road team is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
It's tough picking a game when both teams are on the end of a back to back and a victory doesn't do anything but hurt your draft position. The Mavs and Nets are in full tank mode, and this game really comes down to which players are motivated to put together an honest effort. I'm going to give the edge to the Nets because they're at home, and the Mavericks game Friday night included overtime, so there could be some tired legs here, especially with a trip that includes crossing the border. I'll eat the bucket with the Nets.