NBA Playoffs Betting news… The Spurs are back home after an uninspired showing in Game 5 in which the Mavericks crushed them 103-81 to fight off elimination. It was the most lopsided game in an otherwise thrilling series of wild point swings, tough words and hard fouls among the Texas rivals.
Three things the Mavericks need to do in Game 6 on the road at San Antonio: Defend the pick ‘n’ roll, the emergence of a secondary star and attack the basket as the Mavs need to be aggressive, put pressure on the Spurs and try to match them at the free-throw line.
The Spurs haven’t lost three in a row since Jan. 20-25. The Spurs should have their best effort in their holster after Tim Duncan played only 24 minutes and Manu Ginobili was only on the court for 18 in Game 5. The Spurs have a way of unleashing unlikely heroes in situations like this. The Spurs used the 3-point shot as a big weapon in the regular season but are only 21 of 66 on 3′s in this series, 31.8 percent. The Spurs are still in control, and with history on their side. Only eight teams in NBA history have rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
The Spurs certainly aren’t likely to make it easy for the Mavs. The Spurs have a four-championship pedigree and a coach who has the best record in potential series-clinching games (24-9) in NBA history.
The Mavericks and Spurs Stats:
The Mavericks are: 55-27 SU, 36-44-2 ATS
The Spurs are: 50-32 SU, 44-37-1 ATS
The Mavericks lately:
While playing Thursday’s they are 6-4
Before they played the Spurs they w ere 7-3
After they played the Spurs they are 5-5
After a win they are now 7-3
The Spurs lately:
While playing Thursday’s they are 4-6
Before they played the Mavericks they were 6-4
After they played the Mavericks they are 4-6
After a loss they are now 8-2
The Mavericks at home vs the Spurs, on Saturday, May 1
The Spurs are solid 60.2 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 43.6 to 40.8. Turnovers are pretty even with the Mavericks projected for 13.1 turnovers vs. 12.9 for the Spurs. The Mavericks are making 6.6 three pointers on 37.4 percent from three point range. The Spurs are making 5.9 three pointers on 36.8 percent.
NBA Odds Makers have the lines at present for the Spurs at -3 1/2 and the Total –Over/Under at 191 and the Spurs are -170 and the Mavericks +150 on the Money Line.