Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns NBA Picks & Predictions 1/31/2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Talking Stick Resort Arena
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The Dallas Mavericks travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena to play the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Phoenix as 2 point favorites.
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The Mavericks come into this game with an overall record of 16-35. They are 5th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -2.0 as they are averaging 101.7 points per game while giving up 103.7 per contest. The Suns have an overall record of 17-34. They currently are 4th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 105.0 points per game and surrendering 112.3, good for a point differential of -7.3.
Valuable Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends
The Dallas Mavericks are 25-25-1 against the spread
The Dallas Mavericks are 21-30-0 against the over/under
Important Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 24-25-2 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 24-27-0 against the over/under
Key Dallas Mavericks Injuries
12/06/17 F Nerlens Noel Thumb is out indefinitely
11/14/17 F Dorian Finney-Smith Knee is out indefinitely
10/07/17 G Seth Curry Stress Fracture is out indefinitely
01/29/18 PG Jose Juan Barea Oblique is "?" Wednesday vs Phoenix
Key Phoenix Suns Injuries
10/14/17 PG Brandon Knight Knee is out for season
01/30/18 SG Devin Booker Ribs is "?" Wednesday vs Dallas
01/29/18 F Marquese Chriss Ankle is "?" Wednesday vs Dallas
Harrison Barnes comes into this contest averaging 18.5 points per game while playing 34.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Mavericks. He pulls down 6.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 83%. Dennis Smith averages 14.7 points per game in 28.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.8 assists per contest and 3.9 rebounds per game for Dallas. His field goal percentage is 40% for the year while his free throw percentage is 70%.
Devin Booker averages 24.7 points per game while playing 34.2 minutes per contest this year for the Suns. He grabs 4.5 rebounds per game and has 4.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 89%. T.J. Warren averages 19.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.4 rebounds per contest and 1.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Useful Team Statistics
Dallas averages 101.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -2.06 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 25th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 13th in the league. They average 40.6 rebounds per game and 22.2 assists per game, which ranks them 27th and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 30th with 12.2 per game. The Mavericks allow 103.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 9th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 18th and 19th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.5 rebounds a game which ranks 26th and they give up 22.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix is 19th in the league with 105 points per game this year. They are 27th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -7.29. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 29th in the NBA. They are 12th in the league in rebounding with 44.2 boards per game, and 26th in assists per contest with 21. The Suns are 3rd in turnovers per game with 15.9. The Suns surrender 112.3 points per contest, which ranks them 30th in the NBA. Their defense is allowing a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 24th and 17th in those defensive statistics. They rank 13th with 22.5 assists allowed per contest and 25th with 44.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Suns are 7th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.7 per game this season.
The Mavericks are 20th in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.5, and their defensive rating of 108.7 is ranked 16th. In terms of pace they are 26th in the league with 95.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 18th. As a team they are 21st in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 5th in the league. Dallas is 29th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 11th in the league.
Phoenix is 7th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 10th in the NBA. The Suns are 27th in the league in defensive rating with 112.4, and their offensive rating of 105.1 is ranked 1st. They are 4th in the NBA in pace with 99.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 29th. As a unit they are 26th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shot attempts, ranking 20th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Mavericks/Suns NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Dallas +2
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