The Dallas Mavericks (18-14) travel to face off against the Golden State Warriors (15-16) on Saturday, December 30th. This game will be played at Chase Center. Both the Mavericks and Warriors will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 ET.
Mavericks vs Warriors
The Mavericks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Mavericks conveyed a message to the Timberwolves with a score of 118-110. While the Mavericks lost the game straight-up, they did manage to cover the spread as +12 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 227.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
The Mavericks are above .500 with a record of 18-14 and are looking to stay above that mark with a win against the Warriors. This season, the Mavericks are 10-7 on the road compared to 8-7 at home.
Dallas is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 17-15. The Mavericks are in the midst of a two game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they come in with a 13-7 record against the spread as favorites.
The Warriors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Warriors will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Heat with a final score of 114-102. Despite being behind at halftime 58-51, the Warriors picked up the win.
In their last five games, the Warriors are 3-2 which puts them at 15-16 overall. Currently, they are in 11th place in the Western Conference and are 5th in the Pacific division.
So far, Golden State’s ATS record is below .500 at 14-16. The Warriors currently have a two game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 6-12 vs. the spread as the favorite.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
The Mavericks arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 118.8 points per game (7th). The Mavericks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.4 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Dallas is ranked 2nd in fewest turnovers per game.
Warriors Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Golden State offense is the 9th ranked unit in the NBA, at 116.6 points per contest. The Warriors come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.7 made 3’s per game. If the Golden State offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Mavericks Team Defense
The Mavericks’ defense is presently ranked 22nd in the league, allowing an average of 117.6 points per contest. Dallas struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Timberwolves, giving up 13. For the game, Minnesota scored 118 points in the game.
Warriors Team Defense
Currently, the Warriors’ defense holds the 19th rank in the NBA, allowing 115.8 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Warriors defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 53.9% while allowing 35.1% from downtown.
Key Players For The Mavericks And Warriors
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Tim Hardaway Jr. is set to be the main scorer for the Mavericks, recording 20 points and shooting 7/17 from the field. This season, he is averaging 18 points per game along with 3.7 boards.
As for Golden State, Stephen Curry is projected to be the primary scorer for the Warriors. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 21, and adding 4 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 45.8%, and he is contributing 27.4 points per game on average.
Mavericks vs Warriors Trends
- In their last three road games, Dallas has averaged 111 points per game while allowing 118. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
- In their last five games at home, the Warriors have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 119 points per game in these contests.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Mavericks have a straight up record of 1-4 and an ATS mark of 2-3.
- In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Warriors have a strong straight up record of 2-1. In addition, their ATS record was 2-1 in these scenarios.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +5, the Mavericks is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 240.5, and our model predicts the Mavericks and Warriors to score a combined 226 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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