NBA Betting Picks: San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks

San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks
Sunday, 12/30/12, 7:30 PM EST, TV:  FSSW
Opening Point Spread:  San Antonio -5.5
Current Betting Line:  San Antonio -5.5
Opening Total:  208.5
Current Total:  208.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The San Antonio Spurs are 11-3 ATS versus teams with a losing record this year

San Antonio has won four games in a row, including a 122-116 victory over the Houston Rockets as 8.5-point home favorites Friday night, while going OVER the posted total of 213.  The Spurs are 11-6 away from the AT&T Center this year, but they’ve gone 5-5 versus Western Conference opponents on the road.  San Antonio is 11-3 ATS when playing against a team with a losing record, with the OVER going 9-5 in that situation.

The Spurs came away with a dominating 129-91 victory as 11-point home favorites in the first meeting this year just a week ago, while going OVER the posted total of 207.  San Antonio set a franchise record in hitting 20 three-pointers in that affair, while also setting a season-high mark in scoring 100 points through three quarters.  Five players scored in double figures, with Danny Green finishing with a career-high 25 points due to hitting seven shots from beyond the arc.

Dallas has lost five games in a row, including a 106-85 defeat to the Denver Nuggets as three-point home underdogs, while going UNDER the total for the first time in three contests.  The Mavericks have alternated covering the point spread in their last seven games, which is important to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.  The team is 8-5 when playing at the American Airlines Center, but has dropped three of five versus conference foes.  Dallas is 1-4 ATS as a home underdog of 3.5 to 6 points since 2010, with the OVER cashing in all five of those opportunities.

The Mavericks have lost six of the last eight regular-season meetings between these Lone Star State rivals, but the home team won all four meetings during the 2011-12 campaign.  Five players scored in double figures against the Nuggets last time out, with the franchise going 9-7 this season when accomplishing that type of feat.  Shooting guard O.J. Mayo is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 18.7 points per game, while ranking fourth in the league in hitting 71 shots from the 3-point area.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 10-4 in the Mavericks last 14 home games.

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