Dallas Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs

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The Dallas Mavericks will travel to the AT&T Center on Friday night to take on the San Antonio Spurs in a Western Conference matchup. The Mavericks are 7-7 and are coming off a 124-112 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. The Spurs are 8-7 and are trying to avenge a 121-99 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. These teams are meeting for the first time this season so it’ll be interesting to see how they face off against each other.

The Mavericks and the Spurs have been very similar on the court this season so it will be an entertaining matchup to see what team can take advantage of mistakes. Let’s take a deeper dive into this matchup to figure out where we should be placing our wagers.

One of the Best Stars

The Dallas Mavericks have been relying on point guard Luka Doncic to carry the offensive load this season. He is averaging 26.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 0.8 blocks, and a steal in 34.8 minutes on the court. He is shooting the ball at a decent clip as he is 45.3 percent from the floor, 27.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 75 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Pacers, Doncic played 38 minutes and finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, and a block. If he can figure out a way to have a similar game in this matchup, he will thrive.

 

The San Antonio Spurs have been an average defense to begin the year as they are giving up just 110.5 points per game, which is 15th in the league. In their last game against the Warriors, they allowed 121 points on 46-of-91 (50.5 percent) from the floor, 15-of-38 (39.5 percent) from beyond the arc, and 20 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to limit the amount of open shots from the field being taken against them, they will be an even scarier defense than they already are.

If I Shoot It, It Goes In

The San Antonio Spurs have been relying on small forward DeMar DeRozan to carry the offensive load this season. He is averaging 20.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 1.1 steals in 33.8 minutes on the court. He is shooting the ball at a good clip as he is 46.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from three-point range, and 90.7 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Warriors, DeRozan played 25 minutes and finished with 15 points, a pair of rebounds, three assists, and a steal. If he can figure out a way to have a similar game with more time on the floor in this matchup, he will thrive.

The Dallas Mavericks have been a solid defense to begin the year as they are giving up just 107.2 points per game, which is 6th in the league. In their last game against the Pacers, they allowed 112 points on 41-of-92 (44.6 percent) from the floor, 16-of-39 (41 percent) from beyond the arc, and 21 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to limit the amount of open shots from beyond the three-point line being taken against them, they will be an even scarier defense than they already are.

The Bottom Line
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The Spurs have been a solid team for a generation and should be able to remain so. They do not have the flashy names of Luka Doncic or Kristaps Porzingis, but they have guys who buy-in and play well in their system. DeRozan should be able to take advantage defensively whenever he is matched up against Doncic, due to his limited shooting abilities. Go with the Spurs to win this game outright, so +2.5 gives you a little bit of cushion.

Prediction:
San Antonio +2.5

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Let’s talk a bit about the offenses since we talked about the defensive numbers the teams are putting up. The Mavericks are scoring 108.6 points per game on 45.3 percent from the floor while the Spurs are scoring 110.3 points per game on 44.2 percent from the floor. Even if they hit their season averages, they are under by a few points. The under has hit in five of the last six games for both of these teams so I will go with UNDER 223 in this game.

Prediction:
UNDER 223