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2009 NBA Playoff Betting: Mavs vs. Nuggets Predictions

Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver Nuggets Betting Odds + Playoff Schedule

# 6 Dallas Mavs vs. #2 Denver Nuggets 

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Key to series: Scoring balance. Dallas has scorers in Josh Howard, Jason Terry, Nowitzki and, off the bench, Jerry Stackhouse. Denver must be a little concerned that the Mavs beat the Spurs in one game with Nowitzki scoring only 12 in 40-plus minutes. It also has to be pointed out that Denver has had 6 straight first-round exits until this year.

Season series: Denver 4-0 

Mavs vs. Nuggets Series Odds:  Mavericks +225 / Nuggets -265

Head-to-head:

Denver 103, (at) Dallas 101
(at) Denver 99, Dallas 97
Denver 99, (at) Dallas 88
(at) Denver 108, Dallas 105 

Playoff schedule:

Sunday, May 3 at Denver
Tuesday, May 5 at Denver
Saturday, May 9 at Dallas Monday, May 11 at Dallas
Wednesday, May 13 at Denver
Friday, May 15 at Dallas
Sunday, May 17 at Denver 
Sports Betting at the Sportsbook
Playoff Gambling Trends: Not much separated these teams over four games during the regular season although Denver did sweep. Carmelo Anthony missed one of the four games but lit up the Mavs in the other three, including a 43-point game in the most recent meeting.

How Denver wins: The Nuggets play with professionalism that they have lacked in the past. Chauncey Billups takes the pressure off Anthony and Denver decides to play some defense. Kenyon Martin decides he likes winning more than showing everyone how tough he is. 

How Dallas wins: Someone besides Dirk Nowitzki has to start making big shots for this team. Defensively the Mavs are just OK, so can someone explain that 67-point horse collar they three at the Spurs in the opening round? If they do that once or twice, Dallas surprisingly moves on. 

Key matchup: PGs Billups and Kidd are both teeing it up on the back nine, and on veteran teams this may be their last great shot at a title, slim as it might be. 

Prediction: Denver in 7.

 I get the feeling that Dallas overachieved a bit in the San Antonio series, and the season series was so tight that it can almost be discarded. 

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Lawrence Paul is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog, and is a free-lance gambling and travel writer from Massachusetts. He is personally responsible for the election of Barack Obama and has also taught himself how to juggle?  He can be reached at newenglandhoops.net.

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