In this All-Western showdown in Texas, two teams sitting on opposite sides of the league table are clashing, when the worse team of the West, the struggling Dallas Mavericks (2-12), are hosting the San Antonio Spurs (8-5), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 11-14-2017, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Dallas Mavericks +6.5
Mavericks have a 2-12 record (3-11 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the last place of the West. They are 2-8 in their last 10 matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Thunder with a 99-112 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Harrison Barnes with 19 ppg, adding 7.1 rebounds per game. He is followed by the rookie Dennis Smith Jr with 14.8 ppg and a team high 4.9 assists per game.
Spurs have an 8-5 record (7-6 against the spread) so far this season and are currently sit on the third place of the West. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Bulls with a 133-94 score, beating the odds easily. They are led in scoring by LaMarcus Aldridge with 21.8 ppg, adding a team high 8.5 rebounds per game. He is followed by Rudy Gay with 13 ppg, while Kawhi Leonard is still sidelined with an injury.
In their four meetings last season, Spurs led the Mavs 3-1 wins including 2 wins in Dallas. Mavs are 1-6 at home so far this season, while Spurs are 2-3 on the road. Spurs are better both offensively, scoring 103 ppg to Mavs’ 99.5 and defensively, allowing 99.6 ppg to Mavs’ 107.7. They also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 45.5% to Mavs’ second-worse of 42.4%, and in 3-pointers, shooting with 38.7% to Mavs’ 35.9%. Spurs are also better in rebounding, grabbing 45.7 to Mavs’ 41.1, in assists made, with 23.5 to Mavs’ 20.5 and in turnovers committed (14.7 to 14.9). Mavs are one if not the weakest team in the league at the moment and Vegas odds give Spurs a -6.5 spread which they are certain to beat tonight.
San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -6.5 (-112)
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