NBA Picks: Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks

Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks
Saturday, 2/9/13, 8:30 PM EST, TV:  FSSW
Opening Point Spread:  Dallas -4.5
Current Betting Line:  Dallas -5.5
Opening Total:  209
Current Total:  210.5
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The Golden State Warriors haven't swept a season series from the Dallas Mavericks in quite some time
The Golden State Warriors haven’t swept a season series from the Dallas Mavericks in quite some time

Golden State has dropped the first three of its four-game road trip, as it suffered a 99-93 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies as 3.5-point underdogs last night, while going OVER the total for a fourth consecutive contest.  “We fell a little bit short,” commented Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.  He tied a season-high with 32 points, while also handing out eight assists and grabbing five rebounds.  The team is 14-14 overall on the road, including a 6-11 mark versus Western Conference foes.  Golden State is 22-9 ATS on Saturdays the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA picks against the spread.

The Warriors have lost 37 of their last 52 meetings with the Mavericks, but they’ve be attempting to sweep the season series for the first time in six years in this affair.  Golden State is 23-5 when leading at halftime and 23-2 when taking a lead into the fourth quarter.  It’s also important to note that this franchise is the only one in the league that has beaten the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder this year.

Dallas has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a 105-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers as 5.5-point home favorites, while going OVER the posted total of 201.  The Mavericks were led by guard O.J. Mayo on the offensive end, as he finished with 28 points on 11 of 14 shooting from the field.  The team is 13-9 overall at the American Airlines Center, but 7-8 versus conference foes in front of the home fans.  Dallas is 4-3 ATS when playing with two days rest, which is important to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.

The Mavericks are averaging 106.7 points per game on 46.8 percent shooting over their last 13 contests, as they’ve managed to eclipse the century mark in 11 of 13 games.  Dallas has recorded at least 20 assists in 16 straight games, while it tied a season-low with eight turnovers last time out.

Sports bettors will likely back the Warriors due to the road team covering the last four meetings in this series.

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