Dallas Mavericks versus San Antonio Spurs NBA Playoffs Game 1
The Dallas Mavericks hit the road in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs as they open up against the San Antonio Spurs in a best of 7 series. San Antonio has been lined as a –135 favorite to win this opening round series with the buy back on the Mavericks at +115 to pull off the mild upset. Game 1 is scheduled in San Antonio for Saturday at 8PM Eastern Time with ESPN televising. The LVSC opening odds has the home team favored in the first game. The Spurs are opened up as a 4-½ point favorite with an over under lined at 184. There has been money on the underdog Dallas Mavericks as the Spurs are a current 4-point favorite. The total has saw movement to the over as the over under currently is lined at 185 ½.
The San Antonio Spurs will be without their playmaking guard Manu Ginobili. Ginobili is out for the season with a right ankle stress fracture. Manu averaged 15 ½ points per game.
Both teams enter the playoffs playing good basketball and winners of 5 of their past 6 games. The teams have met on 4 occasions this season with each team winning one meeting at home and one of the opponent’s home court. Dallas is a very good free throw shooting team hitting on 81.8% of their shots from the charity stripe and ranking 2nd in the league. The Mavericks have improved their defensive play down the stretch as teams only average 94.6 points per game against Dallas in their past 5 games which was over 5 points less than their season numbers. The Spurs rank second in the league in scoring defense as San Antonio allows a mere 93.2 points per game. The Spurs defend the perimeter well as opponents only take an average of 14.3 three pointers per game ranking them 1st in the league.
Trend: Dallas is 9-2 ATS in their past 11 road games at San Antonio
The Wagerline consensus has 57.8 % of the bettors on San Antonio -4
The Wagerline consensus has 56.1 % of the bettors playing over 185 ½