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NBA odds preview - Bucks vs. Mavericks

Milwaukee BucksDallas Mavericks
5-18December 14, 2013, 08:30 | American Airlines Center13-10



The Mavericks will try to cover the spread at American Airlines Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the Bucks in basketball action.

Dallas will face the 5-18 Bucks, who own a 8-15 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Mavericks are 11-12 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bucks are 10-13 favoring the OVER.

View Milwaukee Bucks vs Dallas Mavericks Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Mavericks in this one, they were listed earlier as -11.5-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 195 for Saturday at shops such as 5Dimes.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 11-rated Mavericks and the No. 28-rated Bucks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 92-83 win for the Mavericks on Saturday.

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The Bucks were a 91-90 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Bulls. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (181) made winners of OVER bettors. Gary Neal scored 17 points in a failed effort to lead the Bucks to victory (they lost 91-90 to Chicago at Bradley Center on Friday).

Dallas lost its last outing, a 95-93 result against the Warriors on December 11. The Mavericks covered in that game as a 6-point underdog, while the 188 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Mavericks endured a 95-93 loss at the hands of the Warriors on Wednesday, despite a 21-point effort from Monta Ellis at Oracle Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bucks rank No. 28 in the league with 39.65 per game. That compares with Dallas’s No. 27 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Dallas is the NBA’s No. 6-ranked team at 8.65 per game, while the Bucks rate No. 20 with 6.87 per contest.

Next up:
Milwaukee home to New York, Wednesday, December 18th
Dallas home to Vancouver, Wednesday, December 18th

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