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Mavericks open as NBA underdog vs Suns

Dallas MavericksPhoenix Suns
15-11December 21, 2013, 09:00 | US Airways Center15-10

The Suns will hit the floor running against the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

Supporters of the Mavericks have seen them go 15-11 and 13-12-1 ATS so far this season, while the Suns are at 15-10 and 17-6-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Suns are 15-10, while the Mavericks are 14-12.

View Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Suns in this one, they were listed earlier as -1.5-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 208.5 for Saturday at shops such as 5Dimes.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Suns rated this week at No. 9 and the Mavericks sitting at No. 14. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 98-96 result in favor of the Suns today.

Dallas was a 109-108 loser in its last match at home against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 217 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Mavericks got 23 points from Jose Calderon, but it was Toronto that prevailed in a 109-108 final on Friday at American Airlines Center.

The Suns were a 103-99 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Nuggets. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (202) made winners of UNDER bettors. Phoenix got 25 points from Markieff Morris en route to a 103-99 victory over Denver on Friday at Pepsi Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 102.52 PPG, against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 20 at 101.5 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 46.24% so far, less than the Mavericks shooters have achieved on the year, 46.41% per game.

Next up:
Dallas at Houston, Monday, December 23rd
Phoenix home to Los Angeles, Monday, December 23rd