NBA Game Preview - Mavericks underdogs vs Spurs at San Antonio
Dallas Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs Odds
AT&T Center features an NBA battle between the host San Antonio Spurs and the visiting Dallas Mavericks in betting action on Thursday.
The Spurs sport records of 49-16 and 36-27-2 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Mavericks sit at 30-33 and 37-26 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 29-35-1 for the Spurs and 37-25-1 for the Mavericks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The visitors opened this morning as 8-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 208.5 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Spurs at No. 2 and the Mavericks at No. 18 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 109-100 result in favor of the Spurs.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features San Antonio's No. 23-rated squad against Dallas's No. 16-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, San Antonio rates No. 5 in the league with 8.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 11 with 7.5 per outing.
Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 24-rated defense on the road, giving up 103.7 points per game. San Antonio, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the league in scoring at home.
Dallas won its last outing, a 115-108 result against the Bucks on March 12. The Mavericks covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog, while the 223 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Mavericks got 23 points from Vince Carter as Dallas ran past Milwaukee 115-108 on Tuesday at Bradley Center.
The Spurs were a 107-83 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (190) made winners of UNDER bettors. San Antonio was run off the court by the Timberwolves on Tuesday as Minnesota blasted them 107-83 at Target Center.
Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 8-2
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a loss are 9-1
A few Mavericks at Spurs trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 8 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 9 games
San Antonio is 22-2 SU in its last 24 games at home
San Antonio is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Dallas
San Antonio is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games
Dallas home to Cleveland, Friday, March 15
San Antonio home to Cleveland, Saturday, March 16