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Phoenix Suns (31-22) at Dallas Mavericks (32-20)
Wednesday February 17th, 9:00PM Eastern
Betus.com betting line – TBA
The Dallas Mavericks will host the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night for the 3rd meeting between both squads this season. In the first meeting, Dirk Nowitzki dropped 33 points to lead the Mavericks to a thrilling 102-101 victory. However, the Suns got revenge in Phoenix led by Amare Stoudemire who scored 22 points in a 112-106 victory. Now both ball clubs will square off again while Dallas will look for another win over the Suns on their home floor. In fact, the Mavericks lead the Southwest standings by just 1 ½ games and every game will be important during the 2nd half of the season for each team.
Despite both teams playing late games on Tuesday night, Phoenix actually rolls into the game with some confidence and momentum. The Suns put together 5 straight wins before dropping to Portland before the All-Star break. Amare Stoudemire was a big reason for that streak dropping a minimum of 20 points in those 6 contests. However with heavy trade rumors surrounding Stoudemire, there will be many questioning if there will be any distractions for both Phoenix and/or Stoudemire. Steve Nash had an excellent outing against the Mavericks in the last meeting with 11 assists and 19 points. However, the play of Jason Richardson tends to influence the Suns as much as any other player. When Richardson is playing well it gives Phoenix another big threat and the rest of the Suns tend to feed of that momentum. In fact, consider this impressive stat. The Suns are 14-2 when Richardson scores 20 points or more this season. However, 1 of those 2 losses was against Dallas earlier this year.
The Mavericks were a bit disappointing leading up to the All-Star break losing 5 of their last 7 games despite still holding a slight advantage over the Spurs in the Southwest. However, the Mavericks have won 4 straight homes games over the Suns and will look to extend that streak on Wednesday. One of the big stories surrounding Dallas is the recent acquisition of Caron Butler from the Wizards. The Mavericks landed Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson after giving up Josh Howard and Drew Gooden. The immediate impact of the trade should benefit the Mavericks and perhaps make them a much stronger team during the latter part of the season. The question is how quickly will the pieces fall into place? Still, the Suns biggest challenge will be stopping Nowitzki who is averaging 24 points per game. Nowitzki scored 33 points in the first win over the Suns, but was then held to 19 points in the loss at Phoenix so needless a lot will ride on Dirk’s shoulders Wednesday night.
Betting Trends –
Phoenix has won 5 of their last 6 games against the books while reaching the under total in 4 straight games. Dallas is just 3-13 ATS in their last 16 outing during a very disappointing stretch of games. The Mavericks are also 0-2 ATS against the Suns this season and have reached the over total in 7 of their last 9 games.
Pick – Suns