The Dallas Mavericks invade the AT&T Center to do battle with the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.
The Dallas Mavericks have been in a slump as they’ve lost nine of their last 12 games overall and they will be hoping to snap a three-game slide after getting thrashed by the Grizzlies in a 104-88 loss on Monday. Jaden Hardy led the team with 28 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Josh Green added 23 points with seven assists, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Mavericks shot just 38 percent from the field and 12 of 46 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Grizzlies in a tight contes in the first half, but they couldn’t keep up in the third quarter where the Grizzlies exploded for 36 points to blow them away in the end. Tim Hardaway Jr had a night to forget as he finished with just five points on two of 10 shooting.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have been in decent shape as they’ve won four of their last seven games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after routing the Magic in a 132-114 home win last night. Jeremy Sochan led the team with 29 points and 11 rebounds, Zach Collins added 25 points with six rebounds and five assists while Devonte Graham chipped in with 15 points and nine assists. As a team, the Spurs shot 56 percent from the field and a sizzling 22 of 41 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 38 points in the first quarter, and they just didn’t take their foot off the gas as he poured in another 34 points in the fourth quarter to make it a blowout in the end.
Looking at the betting trends, the Mavericks are 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games against a team with a losing home record, 5-21-1 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Spurs are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games playing on zero days rest, 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings overall, the Mavericks are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and the Mavericks are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in San Antonio.
The Mavericks are shorthanded again as Luka Doncic is still out while Kyrie Irving and Christian Wood are both questionable for this one. The Spurs are a major injury cloud hanging over the roster again as Romeo Langford, Tre Jones and Keldon Johnson are all day to day. The Mavericks could really do with a win to get their season back on track, but they could be severely depleted again and we’ve seen them struggle against the Grizzlies in their last outing. Meanwhile, the Spurs have sprung to life with four wins in their past seven games and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were able to take down the Mavericks while they’re so vulnerable. This should be a close one, so I’ll back the Spurs to hang around and earn the cover in a tight finish.