Nets next in line for hot Dallas Mavericks
By: Joe Freda
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Dirk Nowitzki is averaging over 25 a game in Dallas’ 10-game streak.
The Dallas Mavericks have won 10 straight games, with a 7-3 NBA spread record in that stretch. Rick Carlisle’s crew plays its second straight home game as part of Thursday’s league slate against the New Jersey Nets, who are 1-4 ATS in their last five contests.
Dallas’ latest triumph came in Tuesday’s 105-100 victory as an 8 ½-point home favorite against the Golden State Warriors. The Mavs led by as many as eight points, while being outscored in the paint, 46-34.
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki put up a team-high 25 points. The 32-year-old hit 10-of-18 from the field, while adding four blocks.
Dallas’ Ian Mahinmi logged 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, notching his first double-double of the season. The center played for a season-high 21 minutes due to starting big man Tyson Chandler missing the contest due to a stomach illness.
Chandler (9.3 RPG) is presently listed as “questionable” to play against the Nets, according to the DonBest.com injury report.
The tight battle’s combined 205 points jumped above the closing ‘total’ of 204 ½ by a ‘hook.’ Both clubs united to drain 17-of-40 from beyond the arc.
Dallas dropped to 4-6-2 ATS in its first 12 home dates, with the ‘under’ moving to 8-4. Nowitzki and Co. have allowed a stingy 91.3 PPG in that stretch.
New Jersey began its two-game road trip with Tuesday’s 116-101 defeat as a 6 ½-point road dog against the Atlanta Hawks. The Nets outscored Atlanta on fast breaks, 23-10, while being outrebounded, 39-34.
Nets center Brook Lopez notched a team-high 24 points. The Stanford alum hit 8-of-16 field buckets, while sinking 8-of-11 at the foul line.
New Jersey’s Devin Harris logged a season-high 13 assists en route to finishing with 18 points. The eight-year guard logged his first double-double in 18 games, while adding a team-high three steals.
The shootout’s combined 217 points soared above the ‘total’ of 185 ½. New Jersey allowed Atlanta to hit a sizable 60.3 percent of its shots from the field.
The Nets plunged to 6-6 ATS in their first 12 road games, while improving the ‘over’ to 5-6-1. Harris and Co. have scored a lowly 92.5 PPG in that span.
Dallas is 3-2 ATS in its last five meetings against New Jersey, with the ‘over’ cashing at 4-1.
The Mavericks won last March’s duel between the foes, 96-87, failing to cover ATS as an 11-point home favorite. Nowitzki struggled for Dallas, hitting only 3-of-16 from the field in 40 minutes of play. Harris finished with team-highs of 21 points and seven assists for the Nets.
Thursday’s tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (PT), with the game available for viewing on NBA League Pass.
Dallas will be idle for one day, remaining at home to host the Utah Jazz as part of Saturday’s league schedule. New Jersey will have two days off, returning home for Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers.