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Dallas MavericksPhoenix Suns
23-17January 17, 2014, 09:00 | US Airways Center22-16

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Dallas when they hit take on the Suns on Friday in pro hoops betting action.

The Suns sit at 22-16 (24-12-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Mavericks are currently 23-17 (21-18-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Phoenix is 20-18 OU, and Dallas is 20-20 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 1.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 210 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game matches up the No. 8 (Suns) and the No. 15 (Mavericks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 99-97 result in favor of the Suns is predicted by handicapping models.

In their last action, Dallas was a 129-127 loser on the road against the Clippers. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (256) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Dirk Nowitzki went off for 27 points and added 8 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Los Angeles defeated Dallas, 129-127 at STAPLES Center.

In their last action, Phoenix was a 121-114 winner at home against the Lakers. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (235) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Gerald Green scored 28 points for Phoenix on Wednesday, leading the Suns to a 121-114 victory over Los Angeles at US Airways Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 10-ranked offense (103.5 PPG) against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 21 at 101.88 PPG. The Suns have averaged 45.2% from the field per game, less than the Mavericks have managed so far this season (46.98% on average).

Next up:
Dallas home to Portland, Saturday, January 18th
Phoenix home to Denver, Sunday, January 19th