The Dallas Mavericks (9-3) travel to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (8-4) on Saturday, November 18th. This game will be played at Fiserv Forum in Fiserv Forum and televised on NBA. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Mavericks vs Bucks
The Mavericks Are Coming Off A Win
The Mavericks beat the Wizards in their most recent game, ending with a score of 130-117. As the second half got underway, the Mavericks were leading by a score of 71-51.
Over the Mavericks’ last five games, they are 3-2 and come in with an overall record of 9-3. This season, when playing on the road, the Mavericks have a 5-2 record, while their record at home is 4-1.
Currently, Dallas holds an above .500 ATS record of 7-5 so far this year. On the road, the Mavericks have an ATS record of 5-2, as opposed to a 2-3 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
The Bucks won vs. the Hornets in their most recent game, ending with a score of 130-99. the Bucks entered the second half with an advantage, leading with 59-57.
Today’s matchup sees the Bucks seeking to extend their current three game winning streak, with an overall record standing at 8-4. Currently, the team is 3rd in the Eastern Conference as well as 1st in the Central division.
Milwaukee has an overall ATS record of 3-9 as they come into today’s game. In their last two road games, Milwaukee has successfully covered the spread, and they hold an ATS record of 2-4 on the road in contrast to 1-5 at home.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
The Dallas offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 2nd ranked offense at 123.4 points per game. The Mavericks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 17.2 made 3’s per game. One area that the Dallas offense will continue to rely on is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are the 8th ranked unit in made free-throw per game.
The Bucks step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 118.1 points per game (6th). The Bucks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.5 made 3’s per game. One area that the Milwaukee offense will continue to rely on is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are the 5th ranked unit in made free-throw per game.
Mavericks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Mavericks’ defense is giving up an average of 118.7 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 75.0% of their games.
The Dallas defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.7% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.4% of their field goal attempts vs. Dallas.
Bucks Team Defense
Looking at the Bucks defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 116.2 points per game (23rd).
Milwaukee’s defense is currently forcing 14.2 turnovers per game, which is 17th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 13th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.4 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Mavericks And Bucks
In today’s game, we anticipate Luka Doncic leading the scoring for the Mavericks, contributing 18 points while shooting 7/13 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 30.7 points per game, along with 7.8 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Giannis Antetokounmpo to be the top scorer for the Bucks. Our projection has him finishing the game with 18, and he is expected to secure 7 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 58.3% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 28.3 points per game.
Mavericks vs Bucks Trends
- Although Dallas has a straight up record of 5-5 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 6-4. The team averaged 121 points per game in these games.
- Across their last three home contests, Milwaukee has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 118 points per game.
- Spanning across their last three games as the betting underdog, the Mavericks have gone 2-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-2.
- Although the Bucks have a strong straight up record in their last five games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the spread going 2-3.
Coming in as the underdogs at +2.5, we have the Mavericks as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 241 and given that our model is projecting 224 points between the teams, we like the under.
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