There’s no beating around the bush when it comes to Future Hall of Fame forward Tim Duncan and the veteran-laden San Antonio Spurs. Not only are the top-seeded Spurs looking to dispatch future hall of Fame forward Dirk Nowitzki and the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks in their first round Western Conference playoff series, but they’re looking to win it all and add to their collection of ‘bling’ after falling agonizingly short a year ago.
Dallas (49-33 SU, 44-38 ATS, 45-37 O/U) comes into this series playing very solid basketball despite losing their regular season finale to Memphis to set up this first round pairing. The Mavs have won five of their last seven games, but the bad new for NBA gamblers that like Nowitzki and company is the fact that this team got swept 4-0 by the Spurs in the regular season.
The Mavs were a ‘monster’ offensively, finishing eighth in scoring, fourth in field goal percentage, second in three-point percentage and third in team free throw percentage. Dallas is led in scoring by Nowitzki (21.7 PPG) while explosive shooting guard Monta Ellis chipped in a fantastic 19.0 points per contest while leading the Mavs in assists (5.7 per game). Three other players also average double figures in scoring for the offensive-minded Mavs.
San Antonio (62-20 SU, 45-37 ATS, 44-37-1 O/U) comes into this series having lost each of their final two regular season games, but I wouldn’t be overly concerned as this team had nothing to play for in either contest. Overall, the Sours won six of their final 10 games while recording an identical 6-4 ATS mark along the way.
Once again, there’s no beating around the bush when it comes to the Spurs because what you see is definitely what you get with this ballclub. San Antonio was one of the best teams in the league at both ends of the floor, finishing an identical sixth in scoring and points allowed while also ranking second in field goal shooting percentage and first in three-point shooting (39.7%). The fourth-best free throw shooting team also ranked eight in defensive field goal percentage (44.4) and 10th in three-point defense (35.3).
San Antonio recorded a stellar 32-9 SU mark at home while also going 30-11 SU on the road. Ironically, this experienced team performed a bit better on the road (25-16 ATS) than at home (20-21 ATS) when it came to covering the spread during the regular season.
Led by all-star point guard Tony Parker (16.7 ppg), the Spurs have a whopping six players that all average double digits in scoring and three more players that all contribute at least 8.2 points per contest. Duncan led the Spurs in rebounding by pulling down a solid 9.7 per game while Parker dished out 5.7 assists per night.
NBA Betting Stats – San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks
- Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Mavericks are 47-19 ATS in their last 66 road games.
- Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Spurs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Spurs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Spurs are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
- Spurs are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
- Over is 6- 1 in Mavericks last 7 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Over is 18-7-1 in Mavericks last 26 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Under is 11- 4 in Spurs last 15 overall.
- Under is 5- 2 in Spurs last 7 home games.
- Under is 9- 4 in Spurs last 13 vs. Western Conference.
Key Head-to-Head NBA Stats – San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks
- Under is 8- 3 in the last 11 meetings in San Antonio.
- Mavericks are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in San Antonio.
- Mavericks are 5-15-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
- Road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.