Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks
Friday, 11/9/12, 7:30 PM EST, TV: MSG
Opening Point Spread: New York -5.5
Current Betting Line: New York -6
Opening Total: 196
Current Total: 198
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Dallas swept its recent three-game homestand, with all three games going OVER the total. “We’ve got guys picking it up while guys are injured,” commented Mavericks center Chris Kaman. “We’re on a little bit of a roll and we’re going to try to keep it going.” The Mavericks have won 18 of their last 21 games in this non-conference series, which includes a 95-85 victory as 2.5-point home favorites on March 6 of last season. Dallas is 8-4 ATS on the road when the total is between 195 and 199.5 the last two-plus seasons.
The Mavericks are being led offensively by guard O.J. Mayo, who is averaging 21.6 points per game, while point guard Darren Collison is pouring in 16.2 points and dishing out 7.2 assists per game. Dallas will certainly miss star power forward Dirk Nowitzki who is still injured, as he averaged a team-high 31 points in two games in this series a year ago. Offensively, the team is averaging 116.3 points per game over its last three contests, with the team finishing the first half with 60 or more points in three of five games this season.
New York hopes to remain perfect on the season after coming away with a victory in its first three games, which includes back-to-back wins over the Philadelphia 76ers in its last two contests. The Knicks are being led by forward Carmelo Anthony, who is scoring 26.0 points and grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game, while veteran point guard Jason Kidd is contributing 9.0 points per game. New York is 13-6 ATS in November the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 10-9 in those games.
The Knicks are also playing without one of their better players, as forward Amar’e Stoudemire continues to sit out with a knee injury. He paced the team with 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games versus the Mavericks during the 2011-12 campaign. New York has still managed to win each of its first three games by a double-digit margin for the first time in team history, while becoming the ninth franchise in league history to win its first three contests by at least 15 points.
Sports bettors will likely back the Mavericks due to their 10-3 ATS mark versus Atlantic division opponents, while the Knicks are 1-5 ATS versus Southwest foes.
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