NBA on TNT Tuesday Pick of the Day — San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks
Current BAS’ Line: Spurs -3 1/2 and the total is at 206 1/2.
The San Antonio Spurs head on the road to the American Airlines Center this Tuesday night for a Texas-sized showdown against the Southwest Division rival Dallas Mavericks in crucial matchup in the Western Conference playoff race.
BetAnySports has listed this game as a PICK with the total set at 207.5.
The Spurs are showing that championship form that led this team to last season’s NBA title. They have a straight-up 10-2 record in their last 12 games while going a profitable 9-3 against the spread. This past Sunday they hammered the NBA’s best team in the East in a 114-95 victory against Atlanta.
They were two-point road underdogs.
The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 200.5 betting odds and it is gone OVER in eight of their last nine games.
Manu Ginobili has sat out the last four games with a sprained ankle and he remains questionable for Tuesday night. That has not stopped San Antonio from racking-up an average of 107.3 points per game in his absence.
On the year, the Spurs are ranked 11th in the league in scoring with 102.5 PPG. They are ninth in points allowed (97.8). Kawhi Leonard leads the team in scoring with 15.9 PPG with Tony Parker a close second (14.9 PPG).
Mavericks are Keeping Pace
Dallas remains right on the Spurs’ heels in the playoff race in the West at 44-27. They have lost some serious ground over the past few weeks, though. The team went on a 5-7 SU record in its last 12 games. The Mavericks are coming off back-to-back losses to Memphis and Phoenix.
Dallas was favorites to fall to 2-10 ATS during this same stretch of games.
The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing 206.5-point line in the 98-92 loss to the Suns this past Sunday after it had gone OVER in the Mavs previous five games.
Defense has always been an issue for Dallas this season. Dallas allows an average of 101.1 ppg. That ranks the team 21st in the league. They have now given-up 104 points or more if five of its last seven setbacks.
The D allowed 115 points in a win against Oklahoma City last Monday. Even Orlando passed the century mark in the Mavs recent 107-102 win at home last Wednesday.
Dallas remains one of the highest scoring team’s in the NBA with 104.6 PPG with Monta Ellis (19.0 PPG) leading the way.
The home team has won the last five meetings SU with San Antonio holding a slight 2-1 edge ATS in the last three games. I am bucking that trend with play on the Spurs to win Tuesday’s showdown SU with a clear edge in current form.
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