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NBA Betting: Spurs vs. Mavs

A typically busy weekend in NBA betting starts Friday with a rivalry matchup in the Western Conference. The Dallas Mavericks will try to gain ground on the San Antonio Spurs in the Southwest as they hit the road.

Life hasn’t been too easy for the Mavs with Dirk Nowitzki nursing a knee injury. They’re just 2-6 against the spread at books like Bovada and Sportsbook.ag since he was first sidelined with a knee injury. Nowitzki is questionable for Friday night’s game.

The San Antonio Spurs sport the NBA’s best record at 33-6, including a 20-2 home mark, and are 23-15-1 ATS on the year. They’re riding a four-game winning streak and have won five of their last seven meetings with Dallas. Their NBA odds will get plenty of bets.

It’s no secret which game NBA betting fans will bet like crazy on Saturday: the Miami Heat versus the Chicago Bulls. It hasn’t been the best week for the Heat, whose 21-1 run was halted by the Clippers on Wednesday. Miami lost LeBron James to an ankle injury in that game. He missed Thursday’s battle with Denver and is questionable for Saturday’s tilt at Chicago.

If LeBron James doesn’t play, the NBA odds at books like Bovada and Sports Interaction should shift to favor the Bulls. Chicago is steadily climbing in the Eastern Conference standings, winning seven of 10 entering Friday’s game against Indiana. Even though Joakim Noah remains out with a thumb injury, his teammates have stepped up. Derrick Rose continues to dominate, averaging 24.1 points per game, and Carlos Boozer seems to get better by the day. He has 20-plus points in eight of his last 10 games.

Believe it or not, Los Angeles Clippers games are getting serious NBA betting action these days. Rookie sensation Blake Griffin is taking the league by storm, so all eyes will be on him when the Clippers host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

How good has Blake Griffin been? He has at least 22 points and 10 rebounds in 10 straight games, not to mention an impressive highlight reel of dunks. NBA odds at Bovada, Sports Interaction and other books will almost certainly make the Clippers home underdogs against the two-time defending champions. But will the Clippers have a shot to beat the spread? Over their last 10 games, excluding Friday’s tilt with Golden State, they’ve gone 6-3-1 ATS.

The Lakers have enjoyed a nice tear lately, winning six straight through Thursday’s action. Kobe Bryant took it easy during Tuesday’s 55-point win over Cleveland but went off for 39 points and six rebounds the following night against the Warriors.

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