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Suns Set to Play First of Two 'Home Games' in Mexico City vs Mavericks

The Phoenix Suns begin a two-game set in Mexico City tonight when they face off against the Dallas Mavericks as part of the NBA’s Global Games. This marks the 25th year the NBA has played in Mexico but this year’s games are just the second and third to occur during the regular season. Sportsbooks opened the Mavs as 2.5-point road underdogs with a total of 203.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Mavericks are 3-1 ATS in their last four games against the Suns.
  • The Suns are 0-7 SU in their last seven games after consecutive ATS wins.
  • The Mavericks are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six games after consecutive losses.

The altitude of 7,350 feet will almost certainly have an impact on this one. Phoenix is considerably younger than the Mavericks and Spurs, and Suns head coach Earl Watson has made a note to get his guys adjusted to the significant change. The Suns beat the Mavs 102-95 on January 5 to halt a four-game losing streak in the series.

Both of these teams likely won’t be seeing the postseason, so this trip could very well be the highlight of the 2016-17 campaign for them. Phoenix is the “home team” in both of these games and will be looking to get back on the winning track after losing to the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers 120-116 on Sunday.

The Suns have been an UNDER machine of late. In Phoenix's last six affairs, the UNDER is 5-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Dallas Mavericks betting line opened this morning as 2.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 203.5 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 101-95 result in favor of the Suns. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Phoenix Suns sport a record of 12-26 and 19-19 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Dallas Mavericks sit at 11-27 and 17-21 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 24-14 for the Phoenix Suns and 16-22 for the Dallas Mavericks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Phoenix vs Dallas injuries news.

The Suns - Mavericks betting odds would favor the Mavericks if the lines were set according to power rankings. Phoenix is rated No. 19 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Dallas Mavericks sit at No. 14.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Dallas Mavericks rank No. 30 in the league with 38.21 per game. That compares with Phoenix's No. 7 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Phoenix is the NBA's No. 27-ranked team at 8.13 per game, while the Dallas Mavericks rate No. 6 with 10.5 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Mavericks wasted a 30-point performance from Harrison Barnes as Minnesota ran past them 101-92 on Monday at Target Center.

Phoenix got 31 points from Eric Bledsoe en route to a 120-116 loss at the hands of Phoenix on Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Dallas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games
  • Dallas is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Phoenix
  • Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
  • Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Phoenix is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games
  • Phoenix is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Dallas

Next Betting Matchups

Dallas home to Minnesota, Sunday, January 15th
Phoenix home to San Antonio, Saturday, January 14th