2017-2018 NBA Previews – Mavericks Odds
Looking for 2017 Dallas Mavericks Predictions? We’ve got your back. The Dallas Mavericks are kind of in a weird spot. They still have Dirk but are trying to also rebuild for the future once Dirk is retired and no longer a part of the organization.
Dallas Mavericks Season Preview
Head Coach: Rick Carlisle
2017-17 Record: 33-49
Mavericks Odds to NBA Title: +50000
Mavericks Odds to Win Conference: +12500
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Coming into this season, the expectations are pretty low for this team.
Mark Cuban and the management has seemed to accept that this is a rebuild, and the results won’t necessarily be measured in wins and losses this year.
Dallas Mavericks Strengths:
One of the biggest strengths for this team is the fact that those expectations are so low.
There are going to be a lot of growing pains for this team, but if the team isn’t pressured to get wins, the young guys should be able to develop the right way.
This guy might have got the steal of the draft in Dennis Smith from NC State. He has opened up a lot of eyes during summer ball and the preseason.
He is going to be the point guard of this team for a long time and fans should really get a good show in his first year in what they will be in store for in the coming years.
Another big strength of this team should be chemistry. Last year they were a group that looked like they were always having a lot of fun on the court.
Rick Carlisle has always been a coach who has gotten his players to play well together, and I see that being the case again this year.
Harrison Barnes was also a good player in his first year after signing the max contract. He averaged 19.2 points per game and although he will probably never be a star he is going to be a very good player on this team.
They also do have good veteran leadership in the form of Dirk Nowitzki who is a class player and should really help teach the younger guys the right way to be an NBA professional.
Dallas Mavericks Weaknesses:
For the Dallas Mavericks this team also does have a lot of weaknesses. One of the biggest weaknesses is Dirk’s play on the court.
He is less mobile and just isn’t as sharp as his younger years which shouldn’t be a surprise.
This team isn’t a very athletic team top to bottom. They do have the likes of Dennis Smith and Noel who are both athletic, but as a team that isn’t a strength of this team.
The big weakness that is going to show up a lot this year though is they don’t have a star. When they need a shot late in the game they don’t really have a guy they can turn to that will have the confidence to take that shot.
The talent on this team is getting better, but they really just don’t have the talent yet that is going to compete in a really good Western conference.
Dallas Mavericks Betting Prediction: 32-50
Vegas has set the over/under at 35.5 for this team which is near the bottom of the league, and it really shouldn’t come as any surpise.
Like I said above I don’t think the success of this team will be measured in wins and losses, but if I had to perdict the under will be covered in terms of wins.
I think that this team is just too young and they are going to make a lot of mistakes that young teams make and that is going to hurt their chances for success.
They will end the season with one of the worst records in the NBA, and they will once again miss the playoffs.
I think the step forward that these players take from the start of the year to end of the year will be huge though, and after this season people will be talking about how bright the future is for this club.
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