Knicks vs. Mavericks Prediction
Will the Mavericks cover the spread tonight when they host the Knicks at 8:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Mavericks are 4-point home favorites versus the Knicks after opening as a 3-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 208 but has been bet all the way down to 201.5.
The Knicks have lost four of their last six games but did beat the Pacers 109-103 at Indiana on Monday night. Kristaps Porzingis hit just 3-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for eight points, four rebounds, a steal and a block in 25 minutes on Monday. Porzingis has been playing through a swollen right (shooting) elbow, but he's not using that as an excuse for his recent shooting woes.
The Mavericks, meanwhile, have won four of their last six games and are coming off a 122-73 victory over the Lakers on Sunday night. Wesley Matthews will play tonight despite suffering through a hip injury. "I'm going to try to go," Matthews said. "…If I feel like I'm hurting the team, then I'll pull myself out."
OUR PREDICTION: The Knicks are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games following a straight up win and are 1-5 against the number in their last six games versus an opponent with a losing record. The Mavericks are also 5-1 against the number in their last six games overall, are 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games versus an opponent with a losing road record and have cashed in five of their last seven games coming off an ATS win.
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