Mavericks and Nets are Underdogs to Belive in Tonight

Dallas Mavericks

Troy Haliburton

Saturday, January 27, 2018 7:21 PM GMT

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 7:21 PM GMT

Let’s take a look at two late night games on the West coast and see if we can see some trends that will lead to backing two big underdogs

Dallas Mavericks (25-23-1 ATS) vs Denver Nuggets (21-24-3 ATS)

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Free NBA Pick: Dallas + 8Best Line Offered: at 5 Dimes

The lone bright spot for the Mavericks team has been Dennis Smith Jr. who is averaging 15 points and 5 assists per game on top of a few highlight dunks on a nightly basis. Smith is probably in the best position for himself, because Rick Carlisle is a fantastic coach who will allow him to grow as a player. Some of the toughest lessons in sports come from taking tough losses, and in that case Smith will learn a lot this season, because the Mavericks are not winning many games.

The Nuggets on the other hand are winning games with a new high-powered offense that consists of pushing the pace to maximize the amount of possessions in the game. The Nuggets have won their last two ball games and that has put them back in the mix of the playoff discussion in the Western Conference. Last night’s season-ending injury to DeMarcus Cousins may open up another spot out West if New Orleans is not able to continue playing at a high level.

Denver should win this game, but eight points is a lot to be favored by, especially when they are 21-24-3 ATS this season.

Brooklyn Nets (31-17-1 ATS) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (24-25-2 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Brooklyn +11.5Best Line Offered: at Bovada

The Minnesota Timberwolves have climbed to fourth in the Western Conference standings and they have been able to do it by avoiding losing streaks. The Wolves have not had a three game losing streak all season and coming into this game having lost two in a row puts them in jeopardy of having their first real losing streak of the season. The fact that Jimmy Butler will be out, might also contribute to them not snapping this streak.

Minnesota has not fared well relying on Andrew Wiggins to dominate the ball on the wing in Butler’s absence. Wigging is not nearly as efficient of a scorer as Butler, nor as accomplished a passer. A lot of Minnesota’s offense consists of Butler making plays out of the high post and running a two man game with Karl-Anthony Towns.

Brooklyn is playing pretty good basketball recently and are looking to win as many games as possible, seeing as they have no incentive to tank since they don’t own their own draft pick. The Nets have changed their offensive philosophy by adapting to the times and shooting more threes. The Nets rank second in the NBA in three-point attempts.

Look for Brooklyn to get up as many shots as possible and to cover this 11.5 point spread.

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