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Mavericks take on Suns in hoops contest

Dallas MavericksPhoenix Suns
March 8, 10:30 PM | US Airways Center

Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns Odds

23-17TEAM RECORD17-21

The Suns will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the Mavericks at US Airways Center in NBA wagering action.

The Suns sport records of 17-21 and 17-21 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Mavericks sit at 23-17 and 22-18 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-23-2 for the Suns and 16-24 for the Mavericks.

View Dallas vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 2.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, while the total was hovering around 188 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Suns at No. 26 and the Mavericks at No. 2 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 97-92 result in favor of the Mavericks.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Mavericks rank No. 10 in the league with 43.2 per game. That compares with Phoenix’s No. 16 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Phoenix is the NBA’s No. 15-ranked team at 6.6 per game, while the Mavericks rate No. 6 with 7.3 per contest.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Mavericks own the league's No. 5-rated mark, allowing 91.8 points per game when on the road. Phoenix, on the other hand, rates No. 20 in home scoring.

The Mavericks were a 95-85 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Knicks. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (180) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Knicks were burned for 28 points by Dirk Nowitzki on Tuesday as the Mavericks picked up a 95-85 win at American Airlines Center.

Phoenix lost its last outing, a 115-104 result against the Thunder on March 7. The Suns failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point underdog, while the 219 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Suns got a 28-point performance from Marcin Gortat, who added 11 rebounds, but Oklahoma City still ran past Phoenix 115-104 on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing Sacramento are 8-2
After playing New York are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing Oklahoma City are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Mavericks at Suns trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Phoenix
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing at home against Dallas
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Dallas at Sacramento, Friday, March 9
Phoenix home to Memphis, Saturday, March 10