Nuggets vs. Mavericks Pick
The Denver Nuggets hope to pick up a road win tonight when they take on the Dallas Mavericks at 8:30PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Nuggets are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the Mavericks. The over/under total for the game is listed at 212.5 points. The home team has won and covered the spread in all three meetings between the two this season.
Denver suffered a devastating 106-105 loss at home to the Thunder this weekend to knock them out of playoff contention. Denver is now 38-42 overall and 44-36 against the spread on the season. The Nuggets average 111.8 points per game on offense this season while allowing 111.5 on defense. Over their last five, Denver puts up 116.2 on offense while giving up 113.2 on defense. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game to lead the team. The Nuggets have some injuries, as Jameer Nelson is out with a calf injury while Emmanuel Mudiay and Kenneth Faried are both questionable.
Dallas has dropped four straight coming into today, going 0-3-1 against the spread in those four games. The Mavericks are now 32-48 overall and 42-37-1 against the spread. The Mavs are averaging just 98 points per game on offense this season while allowing 100.8 on defense. Over their last five games, they are scoring 99.4 on offense but giving up 108.2. Harrison Barnes is leading the team with 19.2 points and 5 rebounds per game to lead the team while Dirk Nowitzki adds 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest. Seth Curry, who averages 12.8 points per game, is out for tonight with a shoulder injury.
There is nothing at stake right now, but the Mavericks are playing awful and have been for weeks. The Mavericks don’t seem to have any motivation to put forth a strong effort on the floor right now and even are having Tony Romo suit up for them. Denver no longer is vying for a playoff spot, but the Nuggets are an offensive team that should take advantage of Dallas laying low.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: DENVER NUGGETS -1