The New York Knicks (22-15) travel to face off against the Dallas Mavericks (22-16) on Thursday, January 11th. This game will be played at American Airlines Center in Dallas and televised on BSSW. The Knicks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Mavericks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Trail Blazers. Tip-off is set for 8:30 ET.
Knicks vs Mavericks
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
The Knicks won vs. the Trail Blazers in their most recent game, ending with a score of 112-84. The start of the second half saw the Knicks in the lead, at 63-41.
As we get set for today’s game, the Knicks will be aiming to add to their five game winning streak. So far this season, the Knicks are 22-15 overall. In their 37 games, the Knicks have gone 16-9 against other Eastern Conference teams and 6-6 in non-conference games.
New York has an overall ATS record of 22-15 for the season so far. New York has covered the spread in two straight road games and are 12-10 ATS on the road compared to 10-5 at home.
The Mavericks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Mavericks lost to the Grizzlies with a final score of 120-103. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Mavericks also couldn’t meet the spread, coming up short as -9.5 point favorites. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 223 points ended up below the over/under line of 236.5.
When facing Western Conference opponents, the Mavericks have gone 17-13 and are 5-3 in non-conference games. In their last three games, the Mavericks are 2-1 and have an overall record of 22-16.
Dallas currently has an ATS record of 21-17, placing them above .500 against the spread. The Mavericks currently have a four game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 15-9 vs. the spread as the favorite.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
Through 37 games the Knicks are averaging 115.7 points per contest, placing them 13th in the NBA.
This season, the Knicks have been a solid offensive team, ranking 13th in the league in scoring at 115.7 points per game. On the road, they have been even better, averaging 116.3 points per contest.
When it comes to pace, the Knicks are 27th in the NBA at 97 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 21st at 46%. However, they have been efficient from three-point range, hitting 37% of their attempts (9th).
So far, the Knicks have been able to outscore the NBA scoring average in 54.1% of their games. They have also been solid at getting to the free-throw line, ranking 7th in both attempts and makes.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
The Mavericks come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 118.6 points per game (7th).
At home, the Mavericks are averaging 120.7 points per game, which is 8th in the NBA. Overall, they are 7th in the league with 118.6 points per game. In terms of three-point shooting, the Mavericks are 3rd in made threes at 15.1 per game. However, they are just 16th in field goal percentage.
So far this season, the Mavericks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 57.9% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 9th in the league at 100.1 possessions per game. When it comes to assists, Dallas is 23rd with 25.3 per game.
Overall, the Mavericks are 11th in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage at 36%. From two-point range, they are 11th in the league at 55%. In terms of free throws, Dallas is 18th in made free throws at 17.5 per game.
Knicks Team Defense
The Knicks’ defense is presently ranked 7th in the league, allowing an average of 111.7 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Knicks squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.6% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 36.8% from downtown.
Mavericks Team Defense
The Mavericks’ defense is presently ranked 20th in the league, allowing an average of 116.9 points per contest. For the season, Dallas is ranked 28th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 21.4 free-throws per game vs. the Mavericks and have an overall field goal percentage of 47.9%.
Key Players For The Knicks And Mavericks
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Jalen Brunson is set to be the main scorer for the Knicks, recording 25 points and shooting 9/18 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 25.6 points per game, along with 3.9 rebounds.
As for Dallas, Kyrie Irving is projected to be the primary scorer for the Mavericks. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 25, and adding 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 47.7%, and he is contributing 23.9 points per game on average.
Knicks vs Mavericks Trends
- Through their last five road games, New York has an ATS record of just 2-3. However, their overall record was 2-3 while averaging 120 points per game.
- Dallas has a 1-2 record in their last three home games. In this stretch, they averaged 110 points per game while allowing 122. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Mavericks have a strong straight up record of 3-2. In addition, their ATS record was 4-1 in these scenarios.
- The Knicks have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 3-0 against the spread.
Coming in as the underdogs at +4.5, 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.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 233.5, and our model predicts the Knicks and Mavericks to score a combined 230 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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