(17-7, 14-9-1 ATS)
(18-4, 13-7-2 ATS)
Two of the best teams in the Western Conference collide on Saturday night in NBA betting action, as the Utah Jazz take on the Dallas Mavericks in Big D.
The Jazz got back on the winning track on Friday night at home against the Orlando Magic, which wrapped up a split between the two Sunshine State teams this week. The team has alternated wins and losses over the course of its last five games and went 4-2 on this home stand. This is a hard turnaround on the schedule, as this is a very quick trip that has to be made to Dallas. As always, Deron Williams is the man to really keep an eye on in this one. He averages 22.2 points and 10.0 assists per game. He came up big with 32 points against the Magic on Friday, and it is fairly clear that he is going to have to be the man that take care of the Mavs defense. Andrei Kirilenko had a double-double last night with 17 points and 13 boards, while CJ Miles came off the bench to score 26 points. Miles and Gordon Hayward both need to make sure that they play big time ball, as there are two guards that are necessary to take down a team that has a slew of guards.
The Mavericks are just red hot right now, having won 11 games in a row, including a 102-89 win over the New Jersey Nets at home two nights ago. The team has been favored in most of these games, but there are three upsets in the bunch as well. This one won’t be an upset if it is a wins, but Dallas knows that it has a lot of firepower that it needs to contain to be able to keep in the win column. The combination of Jason Terry and Jason Kidd make up one of the best backcourts in the NBA. They are combining to average 24 points and 13.4 assists per game between them, and though neither one is really shooting lights out, both can go off for a triple-double on any given night. Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t always been at his best in this winning streak, but he has had some huge games, like when he went off for 42 points on the Detroit Pistons or when he scored 34 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. All told, the German national player is averaging 24.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
If there is a team that is going to stop this winning streak, Utah is the squad. The bigs for the Jazz are good enough to at least remotely slow down Nowitzki, and if Miles and/or Hayward can have the same type of game that Miles did last night, this could be a very, very close game. Take the points.
NBA Free Pick: Utah Jazz +5