Date/Time: December 11, 10:30 p.m. EST
The Golden State Warriors have always been a very talented offensive team as young Stephen Curry has emerged into one of the best shooters in the league. This year the team has attempted to combine a defensive intensity with that offensive prowess in hopes of becoming a contender to win the championship. Their next test is against the veteran laden Dallas Mavericks who are also trying to make a stake for their claim to the top of the Western Conference.
If the Mavericks hope to defeat the Warriors they have to try and do what many teams have failed to do this season. Contain Curry. Curry enters this game on a torrent streak. Two days after matching a career high with 15 assists in a 108-82 victory at Memphis, Curry finished with a season-high 43 points, five 3-pointers and nine assists in a 115-111 loss against the Bobcats. The young and talented guard has averaged 30.1 points while hitting 26 3s in his last seven games. On the season, he’s averaging career highs of 23.6 points and 8.9 assists. This kind of stat line will draw the defensive attention of the Mavericks.
From a betting stand point the Mavericks have some attractive betting trends in their favor for this game. The Mavericks are 26-10 against the spread (ATS) in their last 36 road games, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games when going up against a team with a winning home record and 22-7 ATS in their last 29 games following a loss.
The Mavericks won the last meeting with a slim four point victory as they took down the Warriors by a final score of 103-99. The Warriors defense has had problems lately and they will get a challenge against a Dallas offense which ranks in the top 10 in the league with 103.4 points per game and a 46.0 shooting percentage. The Mavericks started the season dropping six of eight on the road and are now looking to get some road wins to boost the confidence of this team. With a win against the Warriors, the Mavericks can finish off a road trip with three impressive wins.
The Mavericks can make an early season statement with a win against the Warriors. The Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and the Mavericks are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Golden State. Although the Mavericks will not be able to contain Curry, they will hold the rest of the team at bay and get a big win on the road.
Free Pick: Dallas Mavericks
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