Dallas Mavericks (15-11) at Phoenix Suns (4-24)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 10:30 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns +7 -- Over/Under: 211 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns meet Thursday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Dallas Mavericks look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 110.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 17.8 points and 4.3 assists while Harrison Barnes is averaging 17.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Smith Jr. is dishing 4.2 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost six of their last eight road games.
The Phoenix Suns could use a feel good victory here that would snap a 10-game losing streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 102.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 114.1 points on 48.6 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 23.5 points and 6.7 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 17.4 points and four rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Ariza is dishing 3.3 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost each of their last six home games.
The Mavericks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Thursday games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Mavericks are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Phoenix and 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 9-3 in Suns last 12 vs. Western Conference. The over is 4-0 in Mavericks last 4 games playing on 0 days rest.
The Phoenix Suns are just not a team I can get behind at all, as they're not coming close to winning games and are failing to cover numbers despite being big underdogs every time they take the court. The Suns are being outscored by 11.9 points on the season, 17 points in their last five games and 7.9 points at home this season. The Dallas Mavericks are on the end of a back to back and aren't nearly as good on the road as they are at home, but laying a reasonable number with them here still seems better than backing the Suns. I just can't do it.