Monday’s disappointing loss to Charlotte at home was perhaps nothing more than a hangover after two touch home-and-home games against the OK Thunders, which included and epic 154-147 win at home. The problem is the Spurs have now lost 3 of its last 4 games after going 9-2 in its prior 11 games. After this game, the Spurs can look forward to a little rest with only 4 games scheduled in the next 10 days. The Spurs currently lead the league in 3-point shooting (over 40%) and rank 5th in field goal percentage at 47.8% from the field. DeMar DeRozan (21.9 PPG) and LeMarcus Aldridge (20.8) continue to lead the team in scoring.
After starting the season looking like a playoff contender, the Mavericks fell apart in mid-December when the team went on a stretch where they only won 3 of 14 games. Over the last 3 games, the team has looked a little bit better, winning 2 of 3 with the loss coming last out at home against the Golden State Warriors 119-114. The offense currently ranks mid-pack in most offensive categories while the defense is giving up just under 110 PPG. F Luca Doncic leads all rookies and the Mavericks in scoring at 20.2 PPG. He is also contributing 6.7 RPG and 5.0 APG. DeAndre Jordan leads the team in rebounding at 14 RPG, 2nd best in the NBA.
Prediction: These two teams played early in the season with the Spurs walking away with a narrow 113-108 win in San Antonio. It’s worth noting the Mavericks were playing very well at the start of the season, not so well recently. The Spurs have a rebounding edge and shoot the ball a lot better from deep. Have a feeling the linemaker has the wrong favorite. Play San Antonio +1 (score – San Antonio 114-108)