Basketball Betting Battle in Big D

Basketball betting odds favor the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday in Game 2 of their NBA Playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs.

These two teams are well acquainted with each other and despite this being a 2 vs. 7 matchup it is expected to be a long series in NBA wagering.

Basketball betting odds in this series are pretty close considering the Mavericks are the second seed in the Western Conference. San Antonio is given a realistic chance to win this series.  Game 2 that can be seen on TNT t television his huge since the winner will gain momentum as the series heads to San Antonio.  The Spurs have the history when it comes to the playoffs.  They have won four NBA titles the past ten years while the Mavericks have won none.  "They're our big brothers," Mavericks guard Jason Terry said, "Until we get those rings, they're always a team that we're gunning for. ... I don't know what their organization does, but they continue to keep good players, good people around."

The Spurs have their trio of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan while the Mavericks have Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry.  Both teams know each other well. “Outside of Texas, I don't think people really appreciate the rivalry as much as we do," Dallas owner Mark Cuban said. "It should be a great national rivalry because every game with the Spurs, even preseason games, people take personally."

San Antonio has been a solid underdog in basketball betting. The Spurs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog.  They could have some success at Dallas since the Mavericks have been one of the worst home teams vs. the point spread this season. The Mavericks are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games as a home favorite.  The Spurs believe they can beat anyone when they are healthy. "We feel if we have all our guns going in the air we feel like we can give everybody in this league a run," Tim Duncan said. "Manu being healthy. I believe I'm a bit more healthy than I was last year, too. Those two factors I think help us tremendously without even a game played."

The Spurs go under the NBA wagering total on the road more often than not. Six of their last eight road games have gone under.  The Mavericks have also been a lower scoring team at home lately with six of their last seven going under at home.

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