Check out our free Knicks vs Mavericks pick and preview for this NBA game in Dallas. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Knicks vs Mavericks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks
- Where: Dallas at American Airlines Center
- Date: Tuesday, December 27th
- Betting Odds DAL -5.5, NY +183 | DAL -229 O/U OFF
The Knicks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 18-16. So far, the team has gone 17-16-1 against the spread. Today, the Knicks will be looking to snap a 3 game losing streak. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of -5.0 points.
Not only did the Knicks drop their last game to the 76ers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 119-112 as 2 point underdogs. New York let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, Julius Randle led the team in scoring with 35 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
So far, the Mavericks have put together an overall record of 18-16, while going 12-20-2 vs the spread. Dallas comes into the game having rattled off 3 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 6.67 points per game
In their previous game, the Mavericks took down the Lakers by a score of 124-115. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 7 point favorites. Dallas went on to win the game, despite trailing by 11 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Luka Doncic, as he contributed 32 points while hitting 56.2% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Knicks averaged 107.5 points per game vs the Mavericks. While the Knicks were able to maintain their usual level of production against Dallas, the Mavericks averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 81.0. In terms of betting, New York has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Dallas. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +5 points per game in favor of the Knicks. Over the course of these games, they averaged 201 points per game, leading a 1-4 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Knicks come into today’s game as the 14th ranked scoring offense at 114.4 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Knicks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. If New York continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 18th in the league in possessions per game.
Against the Mavericks, the Knicks will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 6th ranked unit at 106.6 points per game.
On offense, Julius Randle leads the Knicks in scoring at 23.1 points per game, placing him 26th in the NBA. Overall, Randle has hit 46.7% of his shots while accounting for 18.5% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 25th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 20.3 points per game, RJ Barrett is the 2nd leading scorer for the Knicks. For the season, he is 225th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 42.7%.
This season, the Dallas offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 111.4 points per game. One area that the Dallas offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 18.9 made free-throws per contest. Dallas is a strong candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only are they a good outside shooting unit, but they do a good job taking care of the ball, ranking 2nd in fewest turnovers per game.
So far, the Mavericks have played well defensively, as they are ranked 2nd in the league at 104.72 points per contest.
On offense, Luka Doncic leads the Mavericks in scoring at 32.8 points per game, placing him 2nd in the NBA. Overall, Doncic has hit 49.9% of his shots while accounting for 26.8% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 19th in points allowed to point-guards. At 17.3 points per game, Christian Wood is the 2nd leading scorer for the Mavericks. For the season, he is 71st in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 54.1%.
Knicks vs Mavericks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Mavericks -5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF
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