The Dallas Mavericks (28-23) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (33-18) on Thursday, February 8th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on TNT. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Mavericks vs Knicks
The Mavericks Are Coming Off A Win
The Mavericks beat the Nets in their most recent game, ending with a score of 119-107. the Mavericks not only secured a victory straight-up but also did so while covering the spread as -4.5-point favorites. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 226 points ended up below the over/under line of 236.5.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Knicks, the Mavericks have a record above .500 at 28-23. On the road, the Mavericks have gone 14-10 this season, compared to 14-13 at home.
The Mavericks have covered the spread successfully in their previous two games and maintain an overall ATS record of 26-25. Dallas has covered the spread in two consecutive road games, while maintaining an ATS record of 15-9 on the road as opposed to 11-16 at home.
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
The Knicks beat the Grizzlies in their most recent game, ending with a score of 123-113. The Knicks tipped off as -14.5-point favorites, but despite their 10 point victory, they couldn’t cover the spread. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 212.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
Coming into today’s game against the Mavericks, the Knicks have a record above .500 at 33-18. When playing at home, the Knicks are 19-6 compared to 14-12 on the road this season.
New York is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 31-20. This season, New York has a 21-11 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 10-9 as underdogs.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Mavericks are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 118.2 points per game (10th).
When it comes to scoring, the Mavericks are one of the NBA’s most potent offenses, averaging 118.2 points per game, which is 10th in the league. However, on the road, they are averaging 116.4 points per game.
In terms of their scoring, the Mavericks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 56.9% of their games this season. Overall, they are 15th in field goal percentage at 47%. When it comes to two-point shooting, the Mavericks are 10th in the league at 55%.
So far this season, the Mavericks have been one of the NBA’s top three-point shooting teams, averaging 15.2 made threes per game, which is 2nd in the league. Overall, they are 11th in three-point shooting percentage at 37%.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
In 51 games games, New York has an average of 115.2 points per game (15th).
At home, the Knicks are averaging 114.6 points per game, which is 18th in the NBA. Overall, they are 15th in scoring at 115.2 points per game. In terms of pace, they are 29th in the league at 96.2 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Knicks are 20th in field goal percentage at 46%. They are also 23rd in two-point shooting at 53%. From beyond the arc, they are 14th in three-point shooting at 37%.
So far this season, the Knicks have outscored the NBA average in 51% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 29th in the league at 24 per game. When it comes to free throws, the Knicks are 11th in makes at 18.5 per game.
Mavericks Team Defense
Defensively, the Mavericks come into today’s game ranked 22nd in the NBA at 118.3 points per game allowed. However, they have shown signs of improvements lately, ranking 17th in the league over their last three games. The Dallas defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.9% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 48.8% of their field goal attempts vs. Dallas.
Knicks Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Knicks’ defense is giving up an average of 109.4 points per contest. The New York defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.1% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.8% of their field goal attempts vs. New York.
Key Players For The Mavericks And Knicks
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Luka Doncic as the primary point contributor for the Mavericks, finishing with 32 points while maintaining a 11/22 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 34.5 points per game, along with 8.8 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Jalen Brunson to be the top scorer for the Knicks. Our projection has him finishing the game with 27, and he is expected to secure 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 48.2%, and his scoring average is 27.2 points per game.
Mavericks vs Knicks Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Mavericks have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 6-4 vs. the spread. The team averaged 113 points per game in this stretch.
- The Knicks are 3-0 ATS in their last three home games and 3-0 straight-up.
- As the betting underdog, the Knicks have an ATS record of 3-2 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 3-2.
- Dallas has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 3-0 SU and 3-0 ATS in their last three games.
For a point-spread bet in this Mavericks vs. Knicks matchup, we’re leaning towards the Knicks at +4.5. Although our projections show the Mavericks winning 113-112, we suggest placing your bet on the Knicks for the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 230.5, and our model projects the Mavericks and Knicks to reach a combined total of 225 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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