Free NBA Picks: Spurs vs. Mavericks

Thursday, December 26, 2013 1:40 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 1:40 PM UTC

The San Antonio Spurs haven’t lost back-to-back games this season, as they prepare to take on the Dallas Mavericks Thursday night.
<p style="text-align:center"><span></span></p> <p>Let’s take a closer look at <a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Check out our live NBA odds" target="_blank">the NBA betting odds</a> for this Western Conference matchup at the American Airlines Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.</p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":251311, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p><b>Disappointing effort</b></p> <p>San Antonio suffered a 111-98 setback to the Houston Rockets as 7.5-point home favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in six contests.</p> <p>The Spurs are one of two NBA teams that haven’t dropped consecutive games this season, as they look to improve upon their 12-3 SU record on the road, including a 7-3 mark versus conference rivals.</p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/dallas-mavericks-dancers.jpg" style="font-size:1em" /><b>Playing solid basketball</b></p> <p>Dallas is 3-2 SU/ATS in its last five games, with each of those contests going OVER the betting total.</p> <p>The Mavericks are 11-3 SU at this venue during the 2013-14 campaign, including a 6-2 mark versus conference foes.</p> <p>It’s important to point out that the franchise is 5-6 SU and 6-5 ATS versus teams with a winning record.</p> <p><b>Series domination</b></p> <p><a href="" title="Share your thoughts with fellow NBA bettors" target="_blank">NBA handicappers</a> need to take a look at the road favorites in this spot, as the Spurs have won their last five games against the Mavericks by an average of 17.4 points.</p> <p>San Antonio captured all four meetings during the 2012-13 season series, with point guard Tony Parker averaging 20.7 points and 8.3 assists in three of those affairs.</p> <p><b>Nowitzki</b></p> <p>The Mavericks are going to be a dangerous team down the stretch with forward Dirk Nowitzki’s knee feeling better each day, as he’s averaging a team-leading 21.5 points, which is 4.2 more than a season ago.</p> <p>Nowitzki tallied his third game of scoring 30-plus points last time out—finishing with 31 in a 111-104 victory over the Rockets as four-point road underdogs Monday.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><em>Also make sure to check out our:</em></p> <p style="text-align:center"><em><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/thursday-nba-picks-the-day-a-36078/" title="" target="_blank">Thursday NBA Picks of the Day</a></em></p> <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA Picks &amp; Betting odds" target="_blank">back the Spurs for their NBA picks</a>, as they’ve gone 36-16-2 ATS in their last 54 games following a SU loss of 10 or more points.</p> <p><strong>NBA Pick:</strong>  San Antonio Spurs -2.5</p>
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