Phoenix Suns (9-8) at Dallas Mavericks (8-10)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 9:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -2.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Phoenix Suns invade the American Airlines Center to take on the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
The Phoenix Suns have really cooled off since their hot start to the season as they’ve lost five of their last seven games, but they will be looking to build some momentum after making light work of the Warriors in a 114-93 home win on Thursday. Mikal Bridges led the team with 20 points and five assists, Jae Crowder and Abdel Nader each scored 16 points, Chris Paul scored 13 points while DeAndre Ayton chipped in with 12 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Suns shot 46 percent from the field and 11 of 32 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 36 points in the first quarter, before making it a blowout in the second half where they outscored the Warriors by 62-46. Seven players finished in double figures in scoring and they played great defense as a team to hold the Warriors to just 38 percent shooting from the field.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have been in a serious slump as they’ve lost seven of their past nine games and they will be hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss after getting routed by the Jazz in a 120-101 road loss last night. Luka Doncic led the team with 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists but he didn’t have much support as Jalen Brunson scored 13 points while Dorian Finney-Smith and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 11 points. As a team, the Mavericks shot 43 percent from the field and nine of 33 from the 3-point line, but this game was over before halftime as the Mavericks never really threatened after getting outscored by 37-12 in the first quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games, 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Mavericks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days’ rest and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 14-6 in the last 20 meetings in Dallas, the Suns are 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings overall and the Suns are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Dallas.
The Suns will once again be without Devin Booker who will remain sidelined with a hamstring injury, but they did a great job against the Warriors without him and I think they represent decent value as the road underdogs in this one against a slumping Mavericks team playing on zero days' rest. The Suns are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Dallas and I think that trend continues here as they pull off the minor upset.