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(18-21) New York Knicks vs. Dallas Mavericks (13-27)
Date: Sunday January 7
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks -5
NBA Betting Total: 207/5
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Sunday January 7 finds the New York Knicks traveling to Texas to meet up with the Dallas Mavericks. The Knicks arrive on the heels of a toss loss to the Heat in which they rallied too late to catch Miami. The Mavericks also lost a heartbreaker to the Bulls allowing Chicago to score 47 fourth quarter points in the 127-124 loss.
Last season, the squads split their series, but the Mavericks have won six of the last seven meetings. The Mavericks hold the all-time record having bested the Knicks 39 of their 72 matches.
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The Knicks haven’t traveled much this season particularly to the opposite coast. This game versus Dallas marks only the fifth time the Knicks play a western team on the road. With the media jumping all over Kristaps Porzingis comments of being tired, I wonder how he would feel if he was with the Raptors who’ve played 14 opposite coast road games with only one remaining.
Making matters worse the Knicks aren’t exactly adept when playing outside the Mecca. To wit, the Knicks road record is 3-14 whereas their record at the Garden is 15-7. Still, the Knicks rest just outside the playoff ladder 1.5 games back of both the Pacers and Sixers. New York will need to figure out a way to overcome their road issues as they’ll play ten games on the road this month with eight on the opposite coast.
Michael Beasley injured his ankle in the last game and is questionable for play on Sunday. Tim Hardaway Jr. also remains out with the stress injury to his leg.
The Mavericks ended the year and began the New Year beating some good squads (Raptors/Thunder) and producing a four game win streak. Although they’ve lost their last two games scoring hasn’t been the issue. In the past four games Dallas is averaging 122.5 points. The problem is they are also allowing teams to score on them. In the same four game stretch teams are averaging 121.25 points per game.
Five different players are averaging double digit scoring including Harrison Barnes (18.6), rookie Dennis Smith (13.9), Dirk Nowitzki/Wes Matthews (12.3) and J.J. Barea (12.1). If the Mavericks could just figure out how to find balance by via an uptick defensively they might be a more competitive squad. The other factor is whether the notoriously tank resistant Mark Cuban will acquiesce to try for the top draft pick in the final season tanking can be actively managed.
The injury list has no new players on it, but Nerlens Noel, Josh McRoberts, Seth Curry and Dorian Finney-Smith all remain out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Knicks are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head contests
- Mavericks are 7-3 in last 10 head to head meetings
- Over Under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
- Mavericks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Over is 9-3 in Knicks last 12 road games.
Free New York Knicks vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
The combination of the Mavericks robust recent offense and the Knicks inability to win on the road bodes well for another Dallas win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks -5
The Knicks don’t have a stellar defense and have issues winning on the road. The fear here is whether the Knicks battle to keep it close. Still I’m more confident in Dallas scoring another 20 points than I am in the Knicks producing on the road.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Mavericks 120 – Knicks 110
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