Mavericks vs. Suns Prediction
Can the Dallas Mavericks avoid another letdown on the road when they take on the Phoenix Suns this evening at 10:30PM ET?
565 Dallas Mavericks at 566 Phoenix Suns
Thursday, December 13, 2018
10:30PM ET – Talking Stick Resort Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Mavericks are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Suns. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 211.5 points. The public betting currently has 69 percent going on the Mavericks as the road favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Mavericks on a hot streak
The Mavericks have won three straight and five of their last six coming into tonight, but they have also lost their last two road games. Dallas is 15-11 overall, 2-9 on the road, 17-9 against the spread and 13-13 with the over/under total.
Dallas is scoring 110.2 points per game on offense this season while shooting 45.9 percent from the field. Defensively, the Mavs are giving up just 108 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 46.2 percent from the field. The team could be short at guard today as Westley Matthews, J.J. Barea and Dennis Smith Jr. are each questionable to play tonight due to injuries. They combined for nearly 40 points per game and over 10 assists. Rookie Luka Doncic is leading the team this season with 18 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest.
Suns in a freefall
The Phoenix Suns have lost 10 straight games, going 1-9 against the spread in them. Their last game was a 111-86 loss at San Antonio on Tuesday. Phoenix is now 4-24 on the season, 3-11 at home, 9-19 against the spread and 16-12 with the under.
Phoenix is a mess on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Suns are putting up just 102.2 points per game while shooting just 33.3 percent from the arc. Defensively, Phoenix is allowing 114.1 points per game while opponents are shooting 48.6 percent from the field. Devin Booker is out for the Suns with a hamstring injury while Trevor Ariza is questionable with an ankle injury. T.J. Warren is leading the team with 17.4 points per game while rookie Deandre Ayton is adding 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Mavericks have covered the spread in 11 of their last 15 games overall and in seven of their last 10 conference games.
The Suns are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six home games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven conference games.
Phoenix has actually had great success against Dallas, winning and covering in six straight meetings, including one meeting this season. The Suns haven’t been terribly competitive lately, but the Mavericks have struggled on the road and are going to be playing less than 100 percent at the guard position. I think this opens the door for Phoenix to possibly get a win, or at least be somewhat competitive tonight.
NBA Prediction: Phoenix Suns +7