NBA Odds: Mavericks begin road trip at Heat
By: Joe Freda
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Dwyane Wade and Miami look to hand the Mavs just their second road loss.
The Dallas Mavericks have a 5-4 NBA spread record in their first nine games of December. Rick Carlisle’s crew begins a three-game road trip with Monday’s duel against the Miami Heat, who are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 contests.
Dallas ended a six-game homestand with Friday’s 106-91 triumph as a 7 ½-point favorite against the Phoenix Suns. The Mavs were helped by Suns guard Steve Nash leaving the matchup early with a head injury after a collision with Dallas’ Tyson Chandler.
Chandler went on to grab a team-high 12 rebounds, while finishing with seven points. The 10-year center added three of his team’s four blocks.
Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry each notched a team-high 18 points. The duo united to hit 13-of-28 from the field, while Nowitzki sunk 6-of-6 at the foul line.
The lopsided affair’s combined 197 points dipped below the ‘total’ of 212, ending a 6-0 ‘over’ streak from the Mavs’ prior six games. Dallas led by as many as 24 points, while allowing Phoenix to connect on 39.3 percent of its field buckets.
The Mavericks are 8-1 ATS in their first nine road games, with the ‘over’ going 5-4. Nowitzki and Co. have put up 101.6 PPG in that stretch.
Miami escaped with its 12th straight win in Saturday’s 95-94 victory as a 12-point road favorite against the Washington Wizards. The Heat trailed by as many as 10 points, heading for a possible letdown on no rest after Friday’s 113-91 spanking of the New York Knicks on Madison Square Garden’s stage.
Heat forward LeBron James piled in a team-high 32 points against the Wizards. The two-time league MVP drained 3-of-7 from beyond the arc, while hitting 11-of-12 free throws.
James’ mates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh finished with 20 points each, while uniting for 15 boards. Wade added two blocks, while Bosh logged a season-high seven turnovers.
The close battle’s combined 189 points ducked below the ‘total’ of 193 ½, making the ‘under’ 7-2 in Miami’s last nine games. Washington hit a lowly 2-of-9 from three-point land, while outscoring the Heat in the paint, 38-24.
Miami is 6-9 ATS in its first 15 home dates, with the ‘over’ collecting at 8-7. Erik Spoelstra’s club has allowed a stingy 91.5 PPG in that span.
Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last six meetings against the Heat, with the ‘over’ also collecting at 4-2.
The Mavericks won a Nov. 27 battle between the foes, 106-95, as 2 ½-point home favorites, with each squad playing the second night of a back-to-back spot. Miami trailed by as many as 19 points en route to being outrebounded, 46-43.
Monday’s rematch tips at 4:30 p.m. (PT), with NBA TV providing the national television coverage.
Dallas will continue its road journey on no rest, heading north for Tuesday’s matchup against the Orlando Magic. The Heat will have two days off before the first of two road dates, visiting Phoenix as part of Thursday’s league slate.