NBA Odds: Dallas Mavericks vs Denver Nuggets
- Updated: March 5, 2014
The Denver Nuggets are playing some lousy ball, and who knows – perhaps changes will be in the offing at some point in the Mile High City. On Wednesday night they will try to end a losing streak and beat the NBA odds as an underdog when they take on the Dallas Mavericks in a game that is slated to begin at 9:05 PM ET at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Dallas is 36-25 straight-up on the season, which actually puts them in sole possession of seventh place in the West for the time being, after the Phoenix Suns lost last night. The Mavs are 34-27 against the basketball pointspread. Denver, which has lost six games in a row, languishes in 11th place in the conference with a record of 25-34, and they are out of the playoff race. The Nuggets are 25-33-1 versus the number.
Dallas Mavericks -4.5
Denver Nuggets +4.5
Over 216.5 points -110
Under 216.5 points -110
Dallas has won ten of its last 14 games, but the Mavs have lost back-to-back contests to the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. But they have done well against second and third-tier clubs, as they rolled through Philadelphia, Detroit, New York and New Orleans prior to that. That’s okay, but inasmuch as they have Portland, Indiana, Golden State and Oklahoma City on the upcoming schedule, they better take care of the winnable games when they can.
One thing that will help them is that they have been taking care of the ball quite well. The Mavs have been +32 in the turnover department over the last four games. But Dirk Nowitzki hopes that he can get things straightened out with regard to his long-range shooting. He has made just two of 15 triples over his last four outings.
There was a time when Vince Carter was considered one of the true superstars in the NBA, but the 37-year-old seems to have found some new life as a sixth man, averaging almost 19 points over his last five games, including a 21-point outburst against San Antonio on Sunday.
It seems like ancient history to VietBet customers that Denver scored two victories over Dallas, and maybe it was, since those victories were posted in November. The nuggets hit eleven three-pointers in a 102-100 win at the Pepsi Center on November 23, then came right back in the second half of the home-and-home and defeated the Mavs 110-96 at the American Airlines Center two night later. Kenneth Faried had 24 rebounds in those games, and he appears to be okay after suffering a minor knee injury as the result of a collision in Saturday’s game against Portland. He made it to post for Monday night’s contest against Minnesota and scored 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting.
Faried, who has been coveted by a number of teams, has been one of the few things that has gone right for the Nuggets, who have just one straight-up victory in their last dozen games and have gone 3-10 against the NBA odds in their last thirteen. What the Nuggets also like is that Ty Lawson, who had been sidelined for eight games, came back with a bang on Monday, hanging 31 points and eleven assists on the T-Wolves, which was a ray of light even in a 132-128 home loss.
That is what makes it difficult for NBA bettors to place their trust in the Nuggets, even though they have covered their last two games. .They do not take much advantage from playing at home (just 14-16 straight-up and 11-19 against the basketball lines) and their last two outright wins have come against the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the worst record in the league.
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