2016-2017 NBA Previews – Mavericks Odds
Looking for 2016 Dallas Mavericks Predictions? We’ve got your back. Dallas finished last season 42-40, finishing sixth in the NBA’s Western Conference. They tied with the Memphis Grizzlies in terms of overall record, but they were only a single game ahead of the Houston Rockets, who finished eighth out West, and two games ahead of the Utah Jazz, who were ninth in the conference.
Dallas Mavericks Season Preview
Head Coach: Rick Carlisle
2015-16 Record: 42-40
Mavericks Odds to NBA Title: +20000
Mavericks Odds to Win Conference: +10000
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Dallas Mavericks Strengths:
Dirk Nowitski probably shouldn’t be considered an elite talent anymore at 38 years old, but he also hasn’t given us any reason to think otherwise. Not only has he taken substantial pay cuts to keep Dallas relevant when it comes to signing free agents, but he’s maintained his status as an excellent shooter entering his 19th season.
In terms of team acquisitions, this group has brought in low-post defender Andrew Bogut and perimeter scorer Harrison Barners. Bogut needs to stay healthy for this group to truly thrive, and Barnes needs to be a more consistent shooter than he was with the Golden State Warriors.
But if nothing else is true, the fact is that Dallas now has two players on its roster with legitimate championship experience.
Nowitski applies in this situation as well, but while he’s on his way out of the Association, the former two are hungry to prove their worth on another championship-caliber team.
Wesley Matthews is Dallas’ other max-contract player alongside Barnes. He showed last year that he is incredibly driven to succeed after tearing his Achilles tendon two seasons ago, and with his ability to score both in the paint and on the perimeter, he gives this team a reliable shooter at the 2-guard position.
Dallas Mavericks Weaknesses:
As good as Nowitzki is (both historically and currently), it’s a problem when he’s your consensus best player. He’s still going to be an efficient shooter — doing so with his pattented one-foot jumper — but when your best player is closer to 40 than 30 (or even 35), you have cause for concern in your franchise.
As much as Barnes has the potential to be a bust based on past production, he also has the potential to be very good based on past potential. That may sound counter-intuitive, but listen up:
Barnes is a pure scorer. That’s the reason Dallas brought him in. Dallas believes he can make a difference, and that his time behind Steph Curry and Klay Thompson made the biggest difference in his production.
The problem is that even when he got shots, he wasn’t efficient. Believing he’s a No. 1 option is foolish at this point, and while it’s safe to say the Mavs aren’t doing that right away, they sure are paying him like they are at this point in the process.
Dallas Mavericks Betting Prediction: 38-44
As good as Dallas has a tendency to be on a regular basis, this group is likely to take a step back this season. Not only is health an issue, but the incoming players aren’t of the caliber that leads you to believe the Mavericks are going to be one of the Western Conference franchises that takes a step forward in the 2016-17 season.
Vegas has slated Dallas’ over/under at 39, and that seems high at this point in the process.
Look for the Mavericks to challenge for both the seventh and eight spot out West — if not the sixth spot — but when it comes down to it, this team should finish between No. 8 and No. 10 when the regular season comes to a close.
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