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(0-0) Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns (0-0)
Date: Wednesday October 17
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Mavs -1 | Suns +1
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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Opening night is finally upon us as we see the Dallas Mavericks traveling to downtown Phoenix, Arizona to take on the Suns from Talking Stick Resort Arena. Both teams are full swing into their rebuilding process as we kick off the 2018/19 NBA season.
Suns superstar Devin Booker is expected to play, possibly in a limited role, while Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki is scheduled to miss the first couple weeks of the season.
TNT’s Reggie Miller says that the Dallas Mavericks are the West’s most surprising team for the upcoming season. While I admit they got better with the additions of veteran DeAndre Jordan and rookie phenom Luka Doncic, I still think they will have to play out of their minds to land a spot in the playoffs in the tougher than usual Western Conference.
A healthy Dirk will be the deciding factor if this team can make the push for the 7th or 8th spot in the West. Even at 40 years of age, Nowitzki is the rock behind this team. Having a veteran like him should propel Doncic into the superstar he’s touted as.
Doncic averaged nearly 30 minutes per game in the preseason, I would expect that number to stay about the same for the first month or two of the season. While averaging a respectable 15 ppg, the number he will need to really work on is his 3.3 turnovers per game. As the experience comes, so will the ability to read NBA defenses better, and knowing when to put the ball on the ground and drive the lane instead of looking for the entry pass down low.
DeAndre Jordan automatically makes this Mavs team a whole lot better defensively and on the boards as well. If Dallas can sustain a .500 record to start the season while Dirk sits out, they might have a shot at challenging for one of the last playoff spots.
For the first time in Phoenix Suns history, they had the number one overall draft pick, and they wasted no time at all in drafting Deandre Ayton. Ayton joins Devin Booker and Josh Jackson as the young core hoping to bring pride and respect back to the state of Arizona.
New Suns coach Igor Kokoskov has a great starting point to build a winner in the desert, despite losing his GM a week before the season opener. Interim GM James Jones wasted no time in bringing in veteran guard Jamal Crawford to help in the Suns most obvious week spot, PG.
The Suns have high hopes for this new trio of superstars in the making, and were hopeful for a chance to make a run at the playoffs this season, but I think the Lakers kind of messed up the balance in the West for the time being.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Mavericks are 4-6 ATS in their last 10
- Suns are 6-4 in last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 4-6 in Mavs-Suns last 10 head to head matchups
Free Dallas Mavericks vs.Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
Look for the Suns to show off their brand new toy in style against the Mavericks on Wednesday night. The addition of Crawford gives them the edge in this one I think.
I’m sure DeAndre Jordan will want to give his best “Welcome to the league, kid” performances against Deandre Ayton, and it should be fun to watch, but I think the Suns will prevail in their home opener.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Suns -1.5
This could be a run and gun type of game, but the Suns should take care of business at home Wednesday night.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Suns 102 – Mavericks 99
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