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NBA wagering matchups and preview

The Hawks are favored in this game and even though Dallas has won five games in a row, they are only 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog.

Dallas Mavericks (37-21) at Atlanta Hawks (36-20)

Bovada has the Hawks Mavericks odds at -3.5 points in favor of Atlanta with an NBA betting total total of 195.

This season Atlanta is 22-6 at home and 34-23 ATS and Dallas is 18-12 on the road and 24-34 ATS.

The Mavericks have won five games in a row and their big trade has seemed to pay dividends immediately. Not only have they won five in a row, but also in their last game they beat the L.A. Lakers and Dallas may now be a legitimate title contender in the Western Conference.

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The Hawks are playing well as of late winning their last two games and they are 6-4 in their last 10 games. Atlanta only trails the Orlando Magic by two games in the Southeast Division and they currently are tied with the Boston Celtics for the third position in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks are 18-8 at home this season against teams in the Western Conference and they have won six of their last seven in their house.

Caron Butler (16.7 ppg) was the big name in the trade for Dallas, but he may not go tonight after a negative reaction from medication.

The main reason Dallas is winning is their defense, which is holding opponents 43.6% shooting since the trade and in their last six games they have not given up over 100 points.

Brendan Haywood (9.9 ppg 10.7 ppg) has been solid since coming over from Washington and in two games against Atlanta this season he averaged 16 ppg and 9.5 rpg.

The Mavs will have to play good defense against a Hawks team that ranks ninth in the league in scoring.

The Hawks have four of five starters averaging in double figures led by Joe Johnson (21.7 ppg) and Josh Smith (15.6 ppg).

Atlanta is thin on the inside and Al Horford (13.8 ppg 9.4 rpg) will need some help, especially on Haywood.

In the last 6 match ups between these two teams Dallas is 1-5 ATS and in the last 4 games the total has gone Under.

Saturday Big Games

Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz

The Jazz are 8-2 in their last 10 games and have playing great since the All Star break. Houston has a radically different roster with all the moves they made and they have to start winning now, as they currently are four games out of the eighth and last playoff spot in the West.

Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat

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Since the All Star break the Bucks have been on fire, as they have won five in a row and are now in the seventh position in the East. The Heat have sputtered since the break, as they have lost two in a row, are only 5-5 in their last 10 games, and have dropped to the eighth position in the East.

Sunday NBA Betting Preview

Denver Nuggets at L.A. Lakers

Can you say preview of Western Conference finals? It looks that way, as the Lakers are in first place in the West and the Nuggets are in second place. Last season these teams met in the West finals and the Nuggets were killed and they can get a ton of confidence if they can beat the Lakers in La La Land this Sunday.

Phoenix Suns at San Antonio Spurs

As of Friday the Suns have won four in a row and are 8-2 in their last 10 games and the Spurs are coming off a win, but are only 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Spurs are still in the playoff picture, but they have not been the team that many expected they would be as one that would challenge the Lakers in the West.

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