Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks Prediction, 4/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks
Date: Friday, April 2, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-5.5)
The New York Knicks (24-24) host the Dallas Mavericks (25-21) at Madison Square Garden on Friday. New York opens this game as 5.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 214.5.
The Dallas Mavericks took the court against the Boston Celtics and walked away with a win by a score of 113-108 in their last game. Dallas finished the game having earned a 49.4% FG percentage (38 out of 77) and converted 19 of their 39 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Mavericks converted 18 of their 25 shots for a rate of 72.0%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 43 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 20 dimes in this game in addition to forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and getting 6 steals. Regarding defense, Dallas allowed 41.5% from the field on 39 out of 94 shooting. Boston recorded 20 dimes and had 11 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Boston snagged 36 rebounds (8 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Boston ended up shooting 82.6% at the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of their 23 tries. They knocked down 11 of 47 tries from 3-point land.
Luka Doncic is one guy who was a major factor in this contest. He walked away with 36 points on 11 of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 34:40 mins and also snagged 8 boards. Doncic finished shooting 73.3% from the field and also totaled 5 assists. Someone else that came through in the matchup for the Mavericks was Kristaps Porzingis. He pulled down 8 rebounds in his 32:05 min played. He finished the contest at 40.0% from the floor in this game by shooting 6-of-15 (19 points). In all, Porziņģis earned 2 assists.
Dallas heads into this one with a record of 25-21 so far this year. They have an average of 112.2 pts per game (17th in basketball) while hitting 47.1% from the floor. The Mavericks are shooting 36.2% on 3-point shots (630 of 1,740) and 78.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Dallas is pulling in 43.2 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 1,043 dimes on the year, which ranks 28th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 12.3 times per contest and as a team they commit 19.8 personal fouls every game. Defensively, the Mavericks are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game while drawing 20.4 personal fouls. They are giving up 36.7% on 3-point shots while they are 11th in the league in points per game allowed (110.9). The Mavericks defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 45.9% (578 of 937) and they surrender 44.3 boards per game as a unit. They rank 2nd in the league in giving up assists with 1,044 relinquished on the season.
The last time they took the court, the New York Knicks took a defeat with a final score of 102-101 when they faced the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Knicks were able to pull down 34 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 for this contest. They gave up possession 17 times, while earning 7 steals for this game. The Timberwolves had 14 fouls for the contest which took the Knicks to the charity stripe for 17 tries. They were able to make 12 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 70.6%. With respect to shots from distance, New York converted 11 of their 23 tries (47.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Knicks shot 39 out of 81 from the field which had them sitting at 48.1%. The Knicks permitted the Timberwolves to knock down 36 of 87 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.4% for this game. They finished shooting 35.0% from downtown by going 14 out of 40 and ended up going 16 out of 19 from the charity stripe (84.2%). Concerning rebounding, New York allowed Minnesota to grab 40 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Julius Randle pitched in for the Knicks in the matchup. He made 11 of 20 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 55.0%, and accumulated 12 rebounds. Randle earned 26 points in his 39:15 mins on the court and accounted for 6 assists for this contest. An additional guy who came through for New York was RJ Barrett. He wrapped the game up with 2 assists in his 40:31 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 8 of 17 from the floor. Barrett finished going 47.1% from the floor while totaling 23 points and 3 rebounds.
New York has a win-loss record of 24-24 for the campaign. The Knicks have committed 20.8 fouls per contest and they connect on 76.3% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 20.8 times per game (29th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.7 times per contest. New York has earned 5,031 points on the campaign (104.8 per contest) and they pull in 45.9 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Knicks are shooting 45.1% from the field, which ranks them 22nd in the NBA. The Knicks are ranked 1st in the league in points allowed per game with 104.5. They have allowed 22.9 dimes and 43.6 rebounds per game, which is ranked 4th and 13th in the league. The New York defense surrenders 33.6% on 3-pointers (577 of 1,718) and opponents are knocking down 76.3% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.2% from the field (1st in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Dallas (-5.5)
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