Mavericks take on Suns in hoops contest
Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns Odds
Dallas travels to Phoenix on Friday, hoping to boost its 19-27 mark with a victory over the Suns.
This season the Suns are 16-30 overall and 19-25-2 ATS against the number, while the Mavericks are 19-27 and 26-20 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Phoenix is 19-26-1 on the OU, and Dallas is 28-17-1.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Suns as 3.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 203, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Suns, currently No. 28 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Mavericks, who rate No. 22 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 97-96 victory for the Mavericks.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Phoenix's No. 26-rated squad against Dallas's No. 14-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Phoenix rates No. 25 in the league with 5.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 15 with 7 per outing.
Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, giving up 104.6 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Dallas, they were a 100-97 loser as they battled the Warriors on the road. The Mavericks covered in the match as a 4-point underdog, while 197 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Dallas got 25 points from O.J. Mayo en route to a 100-97 loss against Golden State on Thursday at Oracle Arena.
In their last action, Phoenix was a 92-86 winner at home against the Lakers. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (178) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Los Angeles was scorched by Michael Beasley for 27 points as the Suns defated the Lakers 92-86 in NBA action on Wednesday.
Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Oklahoma City are 3-7
After playing Golden State are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6
Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Golden State are 5-5
After playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
A few Mavericks at Suns trends to consider:
Dallas is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 8 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 8 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Phoenix's last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Phoenix's last 12 games when playing at home against Dallas
Dallas at Oklahoma City, Monday, February 4
Phoenix at Golden State, Saturday, February 2