Dallas Mavericks (43-31) at Phoenix Suns (33-39)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -5.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns meet Thursday in NBA action at the AdventHealth Arena.
The Dallas Mavericks could use a feel good victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 117 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 111.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 29.1 points and 8.9 assists while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 20.1 points and 9.5 rebounds. Trey Burke is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Hardaway Jr. is dishing 1.9 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.1 rebounds per game.
The Phoenix Suns need a win here to improve their playoff odds while building on their seven-game winning streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 113.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 113.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 26.4 points and 6.6 assists while Deandre Ayton is averaging 18.9 points and 11.7 rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Ricky Rubio is dishing 8.7 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game.
The Mavericks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Phoenix and 2-10 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Phoenix.
The Dallas Mavericks don't have a whole lot to play for with them locked into a playoff spot, so we could see them rest some guys for this one. The Mavs also aren't playing a lick of defense in the bubble. The Phoenix Suns have been the hottest team in the bubble with seven straight wins, and they need to keep winning if they're going to make the playoffs this season. This feels like a fairly routine spot betting wise, and I wouldn't be surprised if we see an uninspired performance from the Mavericks with the playoffs around the corner.
I'll eat the chalk with the Suns.