The Dallas Mavericks enter Wednesday night's game against the Knicks as 13-point home favorites on NBA odds, despite being on their first two-game losing streak of the season.
Who Won Big Trade?
This is the first time that the Knicks and Mavericks have played since a big trade back in June. Dallas sent two starters in point guard Jose Calderon and center Samuel Dalembert along with young guard Shane Larkin, reserve Wayne Ellington and two 2014 second-round picks to New York for center Tyson Chandler, a key part of Dallas' 2011 NBA title team, and point guard Raymond Felton.
So who has won the deal? Well, the Mavericks are clearly a better team right now at 10-5 and the Knicks at 4-11, but while the move was more about this season for Dallas it was the future for New York in terms of salary flexibility, etc.
The Mavericks clearly haven't missed Calderon as they lead the NBA in points at 109.3 per game. Calderon only made his season debut on Saturday for New York off a calf injury. Larkin is averaging 5.7 points and 2.7 assists but his playing time will shrink now that Calderon is healthy. Dalembert starts and is averaging 3.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.4 minutes. Ellington is no longer a Knick.
Chandler has solidified the Dallas defense and is averaging 10.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in 27.5 minutes. That's exactly what the Mavs were hoping for. Felton hasn't debuted yet due to injury and a four-game suspension. He might Wednesday, although he tweaked his ankle in Tuesday's practice. You know Felton wants to face the Knicks. Fellow new addition Jameer Nelson has started every game at the point and played pretty well so Felton may have to come off the bench now. The Mavs also have Devin Harris and J.J. Barea who can play the point. Felton has started all but 55 of his 667 career appearances. Unless you are Phoenix, four point guards is too many. One probably has to go for Dallas.
Dallas has gone stagnant offensively in the two-game losing streak, scoring just 92 in Houston on Saturday and 100 on Monday at home in a puzzling 11-point loss to an injury-ravaged Indiana team. Dallas hit just one field goal over the final 7:17.
The Mavericks are 10-5 against the spread at sportsbooks this season and 7-8 'over/under' on NBA odds.
Carmelo Likely Out Awhile
The big news here is that Carmelo Anthony will not to play for the Knicks. Anthony left Monday's loss against the Houston Rockets with back spasms late in the first half and did not return. Melo appeared to land awkwardly after attempting a jump shot with two minutes to play in the second quarter. He's probably going to miss multiple games. Anthony leads the Knicks in scoring at 23.9 points per game. That's down more than four points from last season, but Anthony is shooting much better this year at .478 from the field and .411 from 3-point range.
With Anthony out the Knicks will rely have to rely on J.R. Smith and Amare Stoudemire to carry the scoring load. Stoudemire is second on the team in scoring at 11.7 points and in the past three games is averaging 16.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and shooting 17 of 21 from the field. The Knicks are just 25th in scoring (94.8 ppg) and have been held under 100 in three straight games.
New York brings a 1-6 road mark into this one and that lone win was a big upset in Cleveland to open the Knicks' season. New York is 3-4 ATS on the road and 5-2 'over/under' on NBA odds in away games.
Dallas and New York split, each winning on the road. It's the third straight season they have split, yet Dallas still has won 20 of the past 25 meetings and 14 of the past 17 at home. Vince Carter, who is now in Memphis, led the Mavs by averaging 18.0 points in the two games vs. New York last season. Dirk Nowitzki averaged 16.5. Anthony averaged 31.5 points for the Knicks.
NBA Free Picks
Knicks +13 and 'under' 200 points at Bookmaker. Dallas will win, but that line is really high. The Knicks are 1-7 ATS in their past eight after a loss. Dallas is 5-1 ATS in its past six after scoring 100 points or more in its previous game. The under is 5-2 in the Mavericks' past seven following an ATS loss. It is the same record in New York's past seven against the Western Conference.