Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, Pick and Preview, January 20 (1/20): NBA

Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, Pick and Preview, January 20 (1/20): NBA

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Odds
Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Suns money line -130
Suns spread -2.5
Mavericks money line +120
Mavericks spread +2.5
Over / under 214

 

2021-2022 season stats
  Phoenix Suns Dallas Mavericks
Record 34-9 26-19
Road / home record 17-4 14-8
Streak 4W 4W
Points per game 112.53 105.45
Points allowed per game 104.63 102.73
Rebounds per game 45.93 43.98
Rebounds allowed per game 45.47 44.09
Over / under record 20-23 13-30-2

 

Preview

The Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks meet Thursday in NBA action at the American Airlines Center. Both teams are coming here from winning 4 games in a row. The Suns already beat twice Dallas this season 105-98 and 112-104 both played at Phoenix.

PHOENIX SUNS

The Suns have won seven of their past eight games overall and they will be looking to build on their current four-game win streak after routing the Spurs in a 121-107 road win on Monday. Thye're 34-9, with a 2.5-game lead on the Warriors in the West. Phoenix is six games ahead of the Bulls, who are in first place in the Eastern Conference.

The team is averaging 112.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 104.6 points on 43.6 percent shoting.

They'll be without without Deandre Ayton for Thursday night’s showdown, but they’ve managed without him due to their depth at Center between JaVale McGee, Jalen Smith and Bismack Biyombo. Devin Booker is averaging 24.6 points and 5.3 rebounds and Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Mikal Bridges is grabbing 3.9 rebounds.

DALLAS MAVERICKS

Mavericks have been in great shape themselves as they’ve won 10 of their past 11 games and they will be aiming for a fifth straight victory. They have been a different team since the return of Doncic, and they’re winning their last five games by an average of 7.2 points.

The team is averaging 105.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 24.6 points and 8.8 assists, while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 20.3 points and 7.9 rebounds.

BETTING TRENDS

Phoenix are 7-1 in their last 8 games, 8-0 in their last 8 games against Dallas and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games when playing on the road against Dallas. Dallas are 10-1 in their last 11 games and 6-0 last 6 games at home.

Prediction

Suns beat the Mavs twice already this season but in any of those games the all star Luka Doncic played, the Mavericks have been playing their best basketball since his return and they should also have Porzingis ready to resume playing a full complement of minutes. Phoenix will be without Ayton for this contest, which is a big blow. Ride with the home team.

PICK: MAVERICKS +2.5 (-110)

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