The Dallas Mavericks (13-8) travel to face off against the Memphis Grizzlies (6-15) on Monday, December 11th. This game will be played at FedExForum in FedExForum and televised on NBA. The Mavericks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Grizzlies are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Trail Blazers. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Mavericks vs Grizzlies
The Mavericks Are Coming Off A Win
The Mavericks’ most recent game versus the Trail Blazers saw Luka Doncic lead the Mavericks with 32 points while shooting 11/28 from the field. As the Mavericks secured the victory with a final score of 125-112, Dante Exum also chipped in with 23 points.
In their last five games, the Mavericks are 3-2 and have an overall record of 13-8. Against Western Conference teams, the Mavericks are 8-6 and have gone 5-2 in non-conference games.
Dallas has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 11-10 against the spread. This season, Dallas has a 10-6 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 1-4 when playing as underdogs.
The Grizzlies Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 21 for Memphis against the Timberwolves which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 43%. Desmond Bane contributed 16 points, but Memphis lost the game 127-103.
Heading into today’s game vs. the Mavericks, the Grizzlies are 6-15 this season. In the Western Conference, they are in 13th place and are 4th in the Southwest division.
Memphis’ ATS record sits below .500 (9-12). As the favorite this season, Memphis is 4-5 vs. the spread while going 5-7 as the underdog.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
The Mavericks arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 119.9 points per game (5th). The Mavericks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 16 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 17.8 made free-throws per game.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
Through 21 games games, Memphis is averaging 106.2 points per game (29th). The Grizzlies come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.8 made 3’s per game. If the Grizzlies offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 98.6 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Mavericks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Mavericks’ defense is giving up an average of 116.7 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 61.9% of their games.
In their previous matchup vs. the Trail Blazers, the Mavericks’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 51% leading to 112 points.
Grizzlies Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Grizzlies defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 38.1% of their games. Currently, they are 11th in the NBA at 112.1 points per game allowed.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Grizzlies are forcing 13.4 per game, which is 16th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 3rd in blocked shots at 6.5 per game.
Key Players For The Mavericks And Grizzlies
In today’s game, we anticipate Luka Doncic leading the scoring for the Mavericks, contributing 25 points while shooting 9/18 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 31.9 points per game, in addition to 8.3 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Desmond Bane as the leading scorer for the Grizzlies. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 16 while also collecting 3 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.6% and is averaging 24.6 points per contest.
Mavericks vs Grizzlies Trends
- In their last five road games, Dallas has averaged 114 points per game while allowing 113 . The team’s record in this stretch was 3-2 while going 3-2 vs. the spread.
- The Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last home games and 3-2 straight-up.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Memphis has an ATS mark of 4-6 while going 2-8 straight up.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Mavericks have a straight up record of 7-3 and an ATS mark of 7-3.
The Mavericks is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 113-99. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Mavericks at -2.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 227.5 and given that our model is projecting 212 points between the teams, we like the under.
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