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NBA Betting Preview: San Antonio vs. Dallas

Written by:
Tyrone Black
Published on:
Dec/09/2008

Two teams with identical records look to prove themselves Tuesday evening.  In this NBA betting preview we look at the San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks.  Both franchises are above .500.  It might not surprise too many people that the line on this game is pretty much even with the Spurs a -1 road favorite at SBG Global

Dallas is 6-4 in this series though San Antonio is 3-1 over the last four games.  Aside from Dallas's big win at home a few weeks back, the Spurs won the two previous games in Dallas by very close margins (under 3 points). 

The Spurs are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games vs. a team with a winning home record but are also 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.

The Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 42-19-1 ATS in their last 62 vs. NBA Southwest but are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games.

From Stats.com:

Averaging 20 points in his first two starts, Jose Juan Barea will look to help lead the Mavericks to their fifth straight win and 10th in 11 games on Tuesday against the visiting Spurs, who are coming off a pair of blowout victories keyed by Tony Parker.

While Parker has long proven to be one of the NBA's elite small guards, Barea barely played in his first two seasons behind Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. But with second-leading scorer Josh Howard and shooting guard Antoine Wright both sidelined recently, Barea has become a bigger part of Dallas' rotation, and he's made a convincing case to become a regular.
Barea had 15 points off the bench in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers last Tuesday, and was even better after joining the starting lineup for the next two games. He had 18 points in a 112-97 win over Phoenix on Thursday, and a season-high 22 in a 100-98 victory against Atlanta on Saturday.

 

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