Two of the hottest teams in the NBA come together tonight, when the Dallas Mavericks (42-26) head to Brooklyn to take on the Nets (36-33), in what promises to be an entertaining affair. Despite both teams having different short-term goals, they are both surely looking into the not-to-distant future beyond the regular season as two teams capable of going to the NBA finals. Check out our NBA best bets below for both side and total, as well as a Match Preview for what to expect.
Dallas Mavericks at Brooklyn Nets
Barclays Center, Wednesday 16th March, 7:30pm DST
The Nets are coming off a lopsided annihilation of the Orlando Magic last night, running out 150-108 winners. This was on the back of a huge night from Kyrie Irving, who had 60 points on 64% shooting. The Nets led by 30 at the half and had plenty of time to rest their starters in the second half, so fatigue should not be an issue for tonight’s game.
What may be an issue however is the players missing, or potentially missing for the Nets. Irving is confirmed out, as is Lamarcus Aldridge, whilst Seth Curry and Cam Thomas are likely out. This puts a lot on the shoulders of Kevin Durant, whom we know can carry this team by himself, but will he this time?
The Mavericks have won 13 of their last 16 and have been one of, if not the most impressive teams since the All-Star break. They are currently in a war with the Utah Jazz for the 4th seed in the west and will desperately want to win this one before they head to Philadelphia on Friday.
As mentioned last week in the Knicks vs Mavs preview, Doncic has been scoring for fun recently. However, of course when we predicted him to dominate the Knicks he was shut down, shooting only 3/11 from beyond the arc, despite scoring almost half of the Mavs 77 total points. Moral of the story, if the Nets can shut Doncic down to any degree, they have a great chance in this one.
The Mavericks were last seen on Sunday night in Boston, where they snuck by the Celtics in a high intensity matchup. The Celtics are a fantastic home team, indicating the Mavs are still very much in top form, despite their poor showing against the Knicks last week.
These teams last squared off in early December, where the Nets travelled to Dallas and snuck by the Mavs 102-99. Despite Doncic having 28 points, the Nets managed to restrict him, particularly from deep, where he shot only 3/11. Remember though, Doncic really was struggling with his deep shot early in the season, and I expect him to shoot from 3 more effectively tonight.
The Nets have one of the worst home records in the NBA (14-18), and as such there is no home court advantage you can assign to the Nets. Despite the easy win, they are still backing up after travelling to Orlando last night and are missing Kyrie Irving who has been lighting it up recently. It is because of these factors I see the Mavs covering a small one possession spread in this one, in what should otherwise be an exciting matchup.