The Mavericks are the favorites in basketball betting as they look to get past the Spurs.
NBA Playoffs betting odds have been close in this series with neither team being a substantial favorite. The Spurs have not had a lot of success at Dallas in the past few seasons. That is part of the problem for San Antonio in this series. They need to find a way to beat the Mavericks in Dallas. The Spurs were not that great on the road this season so winning at Big D will not be easy.
The Spurs were just 20-21 vs. the basketball betting odds in road games this season. They didn’t play that well in Game 1 of this series at Dallas and lost 100-94. That game landed right on the oddsmakers total of 194. The previous two regular season meetings in Dallas between the two teams both went under the total. The Spurs usually win games playing good defense and to have any chance in this series they are going to have to find a way to contain the Dallas offense.
San Antonio is getting good play from Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili but Tony Parker still doesn’t look totally healthy. The rest of the team has not played that well and Richard Jefferson looks like one of the most overpaid players in the league. His play this season has been a major disappointment as no one expected him to struggle. The Spurs need him to find his game if they are to win this basketball betting series. Duncan and Ginobili can’t do it all by themselves and Parker doesn’t look ready.
Dallas is getting good play out of Dirk Nowitzki in this series. He loves playing against his in-state rival. The Mavericks also have a number of other players who can score including Jason Terry, Jason Kidd and Caron Butler. The series is there for the taking for Dallas if they can win at home as expected. The Mavericks were not a good team at home this season so that is a concern for those taking them in NBA Playoffs betting but they showed in the first game of this series that they can cover the point spread.