San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 3/10/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (+5.5)
The Dallas Mavericks (18-16) host the San Antonio Spurs (18-14) at American Airlines Center on Wednesday. San Antonio opens this contest as 5.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 220.5.
The San Antonio Spurs stepped onto the hardwood against the Oklahoma City Thunder and took a loss by a final of 107-102 in their last contest. San Antonio walked away from the contest with a 47.1% FG percentage (40 out of 85) and knocked down 10 of 31 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Spurs converted 12 of 12 shots for a percentage of 100%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they compiled 46 with 6 of them being offensive. They also distributed 23 assists for the contest in addition to forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and earning 9 steals. When talking about defense, San Antonio allowed 43.5% from the field on 37 out of 85 shooting. Oklahoma City earned 20 dimes and had 9 steals for this game. Moreover, Oklahoma City grabbed 45 rebounds (9 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Oklahoma City finished the game at 80.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 21 of 26 attempts. They also made 12 out of their 40 shots from beyond the arc.
DeMar DeRozan is one player who had an impact in this game. He left the arena with 20 points on 8 out of 21 shooting. He played for 36:29 mins and collected 6 boards. DeRozan finished the contest at 38.1% from the floor and totaled 4 assists. Someone else that played a role in this game for the Spurs was Trey Lyles. He collected 10 rebounds in his 26:49 minutes on the court. He ended up going 77.8% from the field in this matchup by going 7-of-9 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, Lyles collected 1 assist.
San Antonio comes into this contest with a mark of 18-14 on the season. They are averaging 111.0 points per game (22nd in the league) while shooting 45.6% from the floor. The Spurs are hitting 36.3% on shots from distance (355 of 977) and 79.0% from the free throw line. As a team, San Antonio is snagging 45.0 rebounds per game and has racked up 808 assists for the season, which is 25th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 11.2 times per game and as a squad they commit 17.4 personal fouls every game. On the defensive end of the court, the Spurs are able to force 13.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are ranked 2nd in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 788 conceded this season. The Spurs defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.5% (443 of 587) and they concede 48.0 boards per contest as a squad. They surrender 38.3% on shots from downtown while they are 10th in the NBA in points per game allowed (110.9).
The last time they took the court, the Dallas Mavericks took home the win by a final score of 87-78 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Mavericks collected 46 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 53 for the game. They also coughed up the ball 12 times, while earning 8 steals for the matchup. The Thunder committed 20 personal fouls for this game which got the Mavericks to the free throw line for a total of 19 tries. They were able to make 15 of those for a clip of 78.9%. In relation to 3-point shots, Dallas converted 8 of 40 tries (20.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Mavericks walked away from this one shooting 32 out of 83 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.6%. The Mavericks allowed the Thunder to bury 29 out of 87 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 33.3% in this contest. They shot 23.1% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 9 of 39 and finished the game at 11 of 17 from the free throw line (64.7%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Dallas permitted Oklahoma City to pull down 45 overall (8 offensive).
Kristaps Porzingis pitched in for the Mavericks for this contest. He buried 7 out of 15 in this game for a field goal percentage of 46.7%, and accounted for 13 rebounds. Porziņģis accumulated 19 points in his 33:49 minutes on the court, but wasn't able to tally an assist. One more player that was pivotal for Dallas was Josh Richardson. He came away with 1 assist in his 35:29 mins on the court, and he knocked down 5 of 14 from the floor. Richardson finished going 35.7% from the field in addition to totaling 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Dallas has a record of 18-16 on the campaign. Dallas has accounted for 3,801 points for the campaign (111.8 per game) and they snag 42.9 boards per game. The Mavericks are responsible for committing 20.1 fouls per contest while shooting 78.3% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Mavericks are hitting on 46.5% from the floor, which ranks 14th in the league. They are earning an assist 22.6 times per game (26th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.4 times per game. The Mavericks are ranked 18th in basketball in PPG allowed with 112.3. The Dallas defense gives up 36.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (458 of 1,246) and their opponents are converting on 76.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 23.2 assists and 45.4 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 4th and 22nd in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 13.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.3% from the field (12th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (-5.5)
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