Mavericks vs. Nuggets Prediction
A pair of 3-4 teams will meet on Thursday night at 10:00 p.m. ET when the Mavericks visit the Nuggets in Denver. With the Nuggets laying three points and the total sitting at 224.5 points, what’s the best bet in this Western Conference matchup?
539 Dallas Mavericks (+3) at 540 Denver Nuggets (-3); o/u 224.5
10:00 p.m. ET, Friday, January 7, 2021
Venue: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
Dallas Mavericks DFS Spin
Kristaps Porzingis is expected to return to the Mavericks in the next week to week-and-a-half, according to head coach Rick Carlisle. Porzingis was deemed a "full go" at practice before the new year, and now he's nearly ready to go after surgery on his torn meniscus. That's great news for the Mavs and fantasy managers. Dallas is off to a slow start at just 3-4, and needs Porzingis's shooting and inside presence. His return will cut into Dwight Powell and Willie Cauley-Stein's minutes.
Denver Nuggets DFS Spin
Michael Porter Jr. (COVID-protocol) is expected to be cleared on Wednesday night. Barring a surprise, this means he'll be a go for Thursday night vs. the Mavericks. MPJ has been a stud through four games, averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals. JaMychal Green has played really well for the Nuggets but his value will take a massive hit with MPJ back.
Mavericks vs. Nuggets Betting Prediction
The Mavericks are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 meetings with the Nuggets and have covered in four of their last five games in Denver. The Nuggets, meanwhile, are just 2-6-1 at the betting window in their last nine games overall, are 1-4-1 against the number in their last six games as a home favorite and are 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six home games.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: DALLAS MAVERICKS +3