Back the Mav's over the struggling Kings

Steven Suarez

Monday, December 9, 2013 12:37 PM GMT

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks are riding high after a buzzer-beating win in Portland. Are they the right side with our NBA picks in Sacramento tonight? Lets take a look at the odds the sportsbooks have set.

Odds Overview

Dallas is the favorite on the road, with early NBA odds showing the Mavericks favored by three points. They're 13-8 SU and 11-10 ATS so far this season, while the Kings are 5-13 SU and 6-11-1 ATS.

For those zeroing in on a total play, the O/U at time of writing is at 202.5.

Dallas Mavericks

Riding a three-game winning streak, the Mavs have to be feeling confident about their chances against the Kings.

They followed up a home win over Charlotte (89-82) with successive road victories over New Orleans (100-97) and then Portland (108-106). Both games came down to the wire, but it's a good sign that Dallas has found the nerve to finish them off.

The win over the Trail Blazers came in the most dramatic of fashions, as the Mavs got a buzzer-beater out of Monta Ellis, who after proudly exclaimed that he was born for moments like that. Never short of confidence that guy.

Ellis was the hero in the end, but it was Dirk Nowitzki that really set the tone for Dallas. He hit 12-of-22 shots  and finished with 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds while not turning the ball over once.

The Mavs were hot offensively throughout the victory, shooting 52.9 percent overall and 50.0 percent (8-of-16) from beyond the arc. Jose Calderon had 15 points and seen assists and DeJuan Blair posted 15 points and eight boards in another start.

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Sacramento Kings

You can see why the Kings wanted to change things up. Whatever they're doing right now isn't working.

It's going to be interesting to see how the new look of this team works out. Rudy Gay has talent, there's no doubt about that, but how is he going to fit in over in Sacramento? There's certainly a nice core here with Gay and Cousins and some young potential in Derrick Williams, Isaiah Thomas and Ben McLemore.

It's unlikely any of the new acquisitions will be in uniform come tonight, but make sure you find out for certain before placing your final sports picks.

We last saw Sacramento play on Saturday night. They fought their way into overtime in Utah and emerged as 112-102 victors on the road.

Cousins battled through foul trouble to really make the most of his limited playing time. He contributed 28 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in just over 27 minutes. Thomas was a spark off the bench, putting up 26 points (8-of-14 FG) and eight assists in the win.

NBA Pick

We like Dallas tonight and will be jumping on this early line, as we fully expect it to rise because of the trade and the accompanying uncertainty that comes with it.

Not only will the Kings will be utilizing an unfamiliar rotation, they come up against a Dallas team that's really been playing well. They've started this West Coast swing off on a perfect note and have no intentions of losing that momentum, especially since they'll face off against the Warriors in a couple days.

The Mavericks have won five straight games in this head-to-head series and have covered for backers in all five victories. We think they'll make that six in a row (both SU and ATS) tonight, making the road team our favorite NBA pick in this spot.

Pick: Dallas Mavericks -3

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