The San Antonio Spurs have hammered the Dallas Mavericks this season and will be looking to improve to 3-0 against their Western Conference foes when they collide at American Airlines Center on Friday. San Antonio limited their state rivals to 83 points in both of the previous meetings. Sportsbooks opened Tony Parker and company in the -6.5 ballpark, which will certainly appeal to bettors. The Spurs are 18-5 ATS in their previous 23 when favored by 6.5 points or more.
- The Spurs are 5-2 SU in their last seven games on the road.
- The total has gone UNDER in 14 of the Mavericks' last 20 games against the Western Conference.
- The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Spurs' last 10 games on the road in February.
San Antonio will be without backup guard Manu Ginobli, who will be sidelined from four to six weeks after undergoing surgery for a testicular injury. Luckily, the Spurs are one of the deepest teams in the league and will undoubedtly employ a “next man up” strategy, so don’t expect to see the absence of the Argentinian have a big affect on the perennial contenders.
The Mavs expect to have starting point guard Deron Williams back in the fold after the veteran missed Wednesday’s 93-90 loss to the Miami Heat. The Mavs could use the offensive boost, as they’ve averaged just 92.3 points over their last four games.