NBA Picks: Brooklyn Nets vs. Dallas Mavericks

Brooklyn Nets vs. Dallas Mavericks
Sunday, 3/23/14, 7:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Dallas -4
Current Betting Line:  Dallas -4.5
Opening Total:  207
Current Total:  204.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

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The Dallas Mavericks are 23-11 SU at home this season

Brooklyn has won three games in a row, including a 114-98 victory over the Boston Celtics as 8.5-point home favorites last Friday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Nets have three probable starters averaging double figures, with Joe Johnson leading the way at 15.4 points a contest, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.  He led the team with 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting last time out.  Brooklyn is 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points this season.

The Nets are 13-20 SU away from home this season, including a 6-7 mark when taking on Western Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks.  Brooklyn has compiled a solid 26-10 SU record since the start of January, which marks the best record in the East over that span .  It’s also important to point out that the squad leads the league in turnovers forced per game in that period of time.

Dallas has won four of its last five games, including a 122-106 blowout victory over the Denver Nuggets as eight-point home favorites last Friday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive affair.  The Mavericks continue to be led by forward Dirk Nowitzki, who is averaging 21.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.  The franchise is 23-11 SU when playing inside the American Airlines Center, including a 10-4 mark versus non-conference foes.  Dallas is 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points.

The Mavericks have won 20 of their last 26 meetings with the Nets, but they’ve dropped the most recent two, including a 107-106 road loss on Jan. 24.  Dallas is shooting 50.5 percent from the field over its last five affairs—averaging 111.0 points over that span.  Since Devin Harris made his debut on Jan. 18, the team’s bench is averaging 41.0 points per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Nets due to their 9-3 ATS mark in their last 12 overall games.

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