Nuggets vs Mavericks Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/18

Nuggets vs Mavericks Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/18

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver Nuggets Preview and Prediction - KingPin Pro

Denver, CO; Monday, 7:00 p.m. EST

Spread: DEN -7.5
Over/Under: 238.5

Introduction

The Denver Nuggets (17-10) will host the Dallas Mavericks (16-9) at the Ball Arena on Monday at 7:00 p.m. EST. In this comprehensive preview, we'll delve into team statistics, player performances, recent matchups, and reasons supporting the prediction.

 

Team Analysis

Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets, currently fourth in the Western Conference, have been exceptional at home with a 10-2 record. With an overall record of 17-10, the Nuggets showcase their prowess, especially in front of their home crowd. Recent performances indicate a team ready to continue their success.

Player Spotlight: N. Jokic

Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets' star center, leads the team with 27.0 points per game, boasting a remarkable 54.1% field goal percentage and a solid 78.7% free-throw percentage. Jokic's well-rounded game and recent standout performances position the Nuggets as strong contenders in this matchup.

 

Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks, positioned third in the Western Conference, face a formidable challenge against the Nuggets. With a record of 16-9 and coming off a road victory, the Mavericks aim to carry their momentum into this matchup against the Nuggets.

Player Spotlight: L. Doncic

Luka Doncic, the Mavericks' standout point guard, has been in scintillating form, averaging 32.7 points per game with an impressive 48.8% field goal percentage. Doncic's recent 40-point game highlights his ability to carry the team, and the Mavericks will rely on his brilliance in this tough contest.

 

Top Performers

The game features top-notch performers, with Nikola Jokic leading the charge for the Nuggets and Luka Doncic spearheading the Mavericks. While individual brilliance is anticipated, the Nuggets' outstanding home performance sets them as favorites in this matchup.

 

Injuries

The Mavericks have Richaun Holmes listed as questionable for the game, while Maxi Kleber, Kyrie Irving, and Dereck Lively II are ruled out until December 20. On the other hand, the Nuggets have Aaron Gordon, Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Jay Huff listed as questionable for the game.

 

Prediction

With the Nuggets boasting an outstanding 10-2 home record and considering the Mavericks' injury concerns, the prediction is for Denver to secure a convincing victory and cover the -7.5 points spread.

Nikola Jokic's exceptional performances and the Nuggets' overall team strength position them to control the game on their home court. The Mavericks may find it challenging to contain the Nuggets' offensive firepower and the dominance of Jokic, making the -7.5 points spread a reasonable pick for this game.

 

Pick: Denver Nuggets -7.5

 

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