It is a critical game in terms of seeding in the Western Conference as both teams are trying for the second seed behind the Lakers. It is a tough spot for Denver in basketball betting since they had to play last night at Orlando.
NBA betting odds favor Dallas in this game but the trends really point to Denver. The Nuggets have won eight of the last ten in this series against Dallas and they are 7-2-1 against the point spread. The teams have met twice this season with both matchups occurring at Denver. The Nuggets won 127-91 last month while Dallas won 104-96 back in December. Denver has done very well recently at Dallas, winning three of the last four games. Another trend in this series has been the total going over. Four of the last five games between the two teams have gone over.
This is such a big game on Monday in basketball betting because neither Dallas nor Denver wants to fall in the standings. Utah is right with both teams in the battle for the second seed in the Western Conference. Finishing 2nd means you avoid the Lakers in the first two rounds. A fourth place finish would mean you have to face a tough first round matchup in the playoffs and then get stuck playing the Lakers in the next round.
Denver has not been very good at home vs. the NBA betting odds but Dallas has struggled at home vs. the number. That makes this game very intriguing since neither team excels in this situation. The trends do favor Denver but the situation does not since they had to play last night. It is also the last game of the road trip and that is never easy. Taking Dallas though is something that you simply don’t do when the Mavericks are at home. They are a putrid 8-27-1 against the spread in home games this season.
This could be a high scoring game considering the Nuggets are second in the league in points per game. The Mavericks are not as good on offense as they rank 13th in the league. Dallas sure has been going over the total in NBA betting at home though and that could happen in this Monday night game.