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2021 NBA Handicapping
(18-16) Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks (18-18)
Date: Monday, January 3rd,
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nuggets +129 | Mavericks -137 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks -2.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Monday, January 3rd,, finds the Denver Nuggets facing the Dallas Mavericks for the third and final time this season. Denver won the initial match on October 29th (106-75) while Dallas took the second match 111-101 on November 15th.
The Nuggets played Saturday defeating the Rockets 124-111 while the Mavericks are playing a back-to-back set with the front side featuring a 95-86 win versus the Thunder on Sunday.
Nikola Jokic continues to deliver for his Nuggets keeping them in the playoff mix averaging a double-double of 25.7 points and 13.9 rebounds plus seven assists and 1.4 steals.
Although Jokic is the best assist man on the team his playmaking ability has rubbed off on teammates with Monte Morris (4.3), Will Barton (4.1), and Facundo Campazzo (3.8) all averaging 3.8 assists or more.
In the victory versus the Rockets, the Nuggets dished 33 assists including 12 by Campazzo. Jokic served up his 25th double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Seven Nuggets scored in double-figures including Campazzo (22), Aaron Gordon (16), Will Barton (12), and the trio of JaMychal Green, Bol Bol, and Vlatko Cancar all scoring 11.
Denver ranks 18th on offense (108.9), 17th on defense (108.9), and has an even 0.0 net differential which ranks 17th.
Jeff Green, Monte Morris, Bones Hyland, and Zeke Nnaji are all in the health and safety protocols and were downgraded to out Monday as was Markus Howard due to a knee injury.
Jamal Murray (knee), PJ Dozier (knee), and Michael Porter Jr. (back) are all out indefinitely with Murray aiming for a return this season.
While Luka Doncic missed 10 games Kristaps Porzingis (who played in eight of those) took over to play the role of leader and looked comfortable doing so. Dallas maintained a .500 record going 5-5 during this stage.
Porzingis averaged 22.8 points. 8.6 rebounds (2.0 OR), three assists, and 2.3 blocks in those eight games. He was rested on Sunday in favor of keeping him sharp to face Jokic.
Doncic returned Sunday and played 31 minutes coming close to a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists. Tim Hardaway (15), Marquese Chriss (15), Jalen Brunson (12), Dorian Finney-Smith (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Dallas ranks 17th on offense (109.3), tied for 14th on defense (108.7), and has a positive +0.7 net differential which ranks 12th.
Isaiah Thomas, Trey Burke, Boban Marjanovic and JaQuori McLaughlin are all in protocols and questionable for Monday versus the Nuggets.
Frank Ntilikina (thigh) was questionable for Sunday and didn’t play although he was on the bench. Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) was also out Sunday and listed as questionable for Monday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Nuggets are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games.
- The Mavericks are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games played in January.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Dallas’ last 16 games.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
Of all the teams in the West these two keep winning despite the adversity and odds. At least in the case of the Nuggets the Jokic factor is easily explained,
But watch a Mavericks game — particularly while Doncic was out and it’s hard to explain how they were winning. The offense gets stuck in the mud and they don’t have what would be considered a stellar defensive squad. What they do have is length and now they also have Luka back healthy.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets +2.5
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