Basketball Betting news… After laboring in the final weeks of the regular season, Duncan is averaging 26 points and 12.5 rebounds against the Mavericks, who head to San Antonio on Friday with the series tied at one game apiece.
Game 2 was filthy and nasty. Game 3 probably will be, too, but it has to be a little more Mav-like, says an expert. “The Mavericks are not going to beat the Spurs scoring 88 points,” TNT analyst Charles Barkley said. “The game is going to come down to tempo. Unless the Mavs get the speed up, they are not going to beat the Spurs.”
It’s hard to believe anybody would ask if Tim Duncan has lost anything as he closes in on his 34th birthday Sunday. He’s averaging 26 points and 12.5 rebounds in the first two games. … The Spurs were 29-12 at home this season, but the Mavericks were one of the 12 to win there. The Spurs were 10-2 at AT&T Center after the All-Star break.
The Mavs were just one game better at home (28-13) than they were on the road (27-14) this season. “The good thing is we won big road games all season long,” Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “We’re a good road team, and we have to get a big one Friday.”
The Mavericks: 55-27 SU, 36-44-2 ATS
The Spurs: 50-32 SU, 44-37-1 ATS
The Mavericks lately:
While playing on Friday’s they are 8-2
Before playing the Spurs they were 9-1
After playing the Spurs they are 6-4
After a loss they are now 7-3
The Spurs lately:
While playing on Friday’s they are 7-3
Before playing the Mavericks they were 4-6
After playing the Mavericks they are 4-6
After a win they are now 5-5
The Spurs at home vs the Mavericks, on Sunday, April 25
The Spurs are solid 60.5 percent favorites over the Mavericks. The Mavericks are shooting 43.9 percent from the field and the Spurs are forecasted to shoot 46.8 percent. The Spurs have the rebounding advantage at 44.8 to 40.2. Turnovers are pretty even with the Mavericks projected for 12.8 turnovers vs. 12.6 for the Spurs. The Mavericks are making 7.3 three pointers on 38.6 percent from three point range. The Spurs are making 6.3 three pointers on 37.5 percent.
NBA Odds Makers have the lines at present for the Spurs at -3 1/2 and the Total –Over/Under at 193 ½ and the Spur are -170 and the Mavericks +150 on the Money Line.