NBA Picks: Bounce Back Game for Knicks as They Face Injured Mavs

Swinging Johnson

Monday, December 7, 2015 3:52 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 3:52 PM UTC

The Mavericks have alternated wins and losses for six consecutive games while the Knicks are coming off a blowout loss in Milwaukee. What are the NBA odds makers offering on this matchup?

Dallas Mavericks (12-9 SU, 13-8 ATS)
The Mavericks played an impressive brand of basketball in their last outing against the Washington Wizards where they dribbled out of DC with a 116-104 victory. The NBA odds makers had installed Dallas as two-point road favorites and the Mavs found themselves down 58-55 at the half. However, the second half belonged solely to Dallas and specifically Wesley Matthews who scored 28 of his season-high 36 points in the final two quarters, tying his career best. Matthews was unconscious from beyond the arc knocking down 10 from three-point-land and draining 10 of 14 from the field in the second half.

Injuries may come into play in tonight’s meeting with the Knicks. J.J. Barea missed a fifth straight game with an ankle sprain and his status is questionable for tonight’s game in New York. Guard Devin Harris didn’t appear in the second half of last night’s game after a collision with teammate Justin Anderson. He is considered day-to-day with a rib injury. However, the good news is that forward Chandler Parsons is slated to be back in uniform after unexpectedly sitting out against the Wizards. Parsons has been averaging 19.8 minutes and 8.1 points per game this season.


New York Knicks (10-11 SU, 12-9 ATS)
The Knicks rattled off consecutive victories over Philadelphia and Brooklyn before bowing 106-91 to the Bucks on Saturday night. Carmelo Anthony led New York with 18 points but his shooting percentage was hardly commensurate with his superstar status as he shot 35 percent from the field and the entire starting lineup was pulled by head coach Derek Fisher midway through the third quarter after a technical foul was called on Jose Calderon. The starters had been chirping at officials for no calls and missed calls born of general frustration with not only the referees but themselves as well.

Latvian rookie Kristaps Porzingis has been exactly what the Knicks believed they were getting when they drafted the 7’3” power forward fourth overall in this season’s draft. Porzingis has stated often he has modeled his game after Mavericks future Hall-of-Famer Dirk Nowitizki and has averaged 14 points and over nine rebounds per game. Porzingis hopes to bounce back after his last outing in which he ran into foul trouble early and played only 22 minutes, his lowest since November 10th, and turned the ball over five times.


Betting Analysis
If you have been blindly backing the Mavericks in your NBA picks this season, then you have enjoyed a sensible return. Dallas is 13-8 ATS as they head to New York in this one, as they hope to duplicate their efforts from a year ago when they last met the Knicks in New York and came away with an impressive 107-87 victory. The Mavericks are 4-0 against the number in their last four games when playing the second leg of back-to-back games and 10-4 against the spread over their last 14 contests.

Nevertheless, playing consecutive games is not an easy thing to do and with the injuries to J.J. Berea and Devin Harris, this could be a good spot for the Knicks to get well. In addition, don’t expect Wesley Matthews to turn in another All-Star performance for Dallas. Chandler Parsons may not be up to snuff as well which sets up Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis to have big nights, particularly with neither enjoying productive outings in their loss to the Bucks on Saturday night.

Free NBA Pick: Knicks +2 at YouWager

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