NBA Betting – 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks Preview

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

The Dallas Mavericks won 55 games last season but they were not a team you wanted to take on a regular basis in NBA betting as they had a losing record against the spread.

The Mavericks still have Dirk Nowitzki and that means they will win a lot of games again this season.  Let’s take a look at this year’s Mavericks and see if they are worth an NBA bet.

Last Year’s Record 55-27 SU, 37-44-1 ATS
The Mavericks just couldn’t come through for gamblers making an NBA bet at the Sbg sportsbook last season even though they won a lot of games straight up. The Mavericks were oftentimes overvalued at home and they did not cover the spread.  That could be a problem again this season.

Projected Starting Lineup
Guard – Jason Kidd
Guard – Caron Butler
Center – Brendan Haywood
Forward – Shawn Marion
Forward – Dirk Nowitzki

The Mavericks got Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood last season from Washington and both played well.  They should do even better as they now know the system in Dallas.  The Mavericks are still led by All-Star Dirk Nowitzki who is one of the top scorers in the league. Last season, he averaged 25 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. The clock is ticking on Nowitzki so this is a huge year for Dallas. There is no question that time is running out on Nowitzki and Kidd if they want to win a title in Dallas.  The Mavericks have one of the best players in the league coming off the bench in Jason Terry. He averaged 16.6 points and 1.2 steals per game last season.  The Mavericks have a solid bench with players like Tyson Chandler and Tim Thomas.  The concern could be scoring up front off the bench as the Mavericks don’t have a lot of outside shooting from their second string. The Mavericks are well coached with Rick Carlisle who is in his third season as coach of Dallas.  He should get Dallas into the playoffs again this season but the key will be winning against the NBA betting odds once there.  Dallas has struggled in the playoffs in recent seasons and really what the Mavericks do in the regular season won’t mean much if the Mavericks don’t do something in the playoffs.

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