Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 9, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
American Airlines Center
The Line: Dallas -7
The Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks collide at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.
The Phoenix Suns have been in a serious slump as they’ve lost 10 of their last 13 games and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting destroyed by the red-hot Rockets in a 149-113 road loss on Sunday. Jamal Crawford led the team with 27 points and six assists off the bench, Dragan Bender and Mikal Bridges each scored 19 points. As a team, the Suns shot 46 percent from the field and 11 of 34 from the 3-point line but that was nowhere near enough to hang with the Rockets who dominated from the tipoff to lead by 77-47 going into halftime. With the tough loss, Phoenix fell to 19-62 overall and 7-33 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have been in decent shape as they’ve split their last eight games and they will be feeling pretty confident after taking down the Grizzlies in a 129-127 overtime road win on Sunday. Trey Burke led the team with 24 points and five assists in extended minutes off the bench, Salah Mejri added 19 points with nine rebounds and four blocks, while Justin Jackson and Dorian Finney-Smith each scored 16 points. As a team, the Mavericks shot 45 percent from the field and 12 of 41 from the 3-point line, but in a tight contest, it was Mejri who became the unlikely hero as he provided the spark with the first seven points in overtime. With the win, Dallas improved to 32-48 overall and 9-31 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Western Conference and the Suns are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Mavericks are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-5-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games against a team below .400.
Head to head, the under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Dallas, the Suns are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Dallas and the Suns are 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall.
The end of the regular season just can’t end quickly enough for the Suns who went from bad to worse when they shut down Devin Booker for the rest of the season. The Mavericks have had their own share of injuries but the good news is that Luka Doncic is expected to be available for Tuesday which will be the last home game for Dirk Nowitzki. With that being said, I’m taking the Mavericks to get the big win and cover as they take advantage of a seriously shorthanded Suns unit.