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NBA Game Preview - underdogs vs at Milwaukee

Dallas MavericksMilwaukee Bucks
3-3November 09, 2013, 08:30 | Bradley Center2-2

The Bucks will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Mavericks at Bradley Center in NBA wagering action.

The Bucks sport a record of 2-2 and 3-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Mavericks sit at 3-3 and 3-3 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-2 for the Bucks and 5-1 for the Mavericks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Bucks sat as 4-point . The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 205.5.

This game pits the Bucks, currently No. 14 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Mavericks, who rate No. 18 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 97-95 victory for the Mavericks.

Dallas lost its last outing, a 116-108 result against the Timberwolves on November 8. The Mavericks failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point underdog, while the 224 combined points took the game OVER the total. Monta Ellis scored 23 points in a failed effort to lead the Mavericks to victory (they lost 116-108 to Minnesota at Target Center on Friday).

The Bucks were a 109-104 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Cavaliers. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (213) made winners of OVER bettors. O.J. Mayo went off for 28 points and added 2 rebounds leading Milwaukee over Cleveland, 109-104, on Wednesday at Bradley Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Milwaukee's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 96.75 PPG, against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 29 at 108 PPG. The Bucks field goal percentage has averaged 45.22% so far, less than the Mavericks shooters have achieved on the year, 46.2% per game.

Next up:
Dallas at Washington, Tuesday, November 12th
Milwaukee at Miami, Tuesday, November 12th