Mavericks vs Nuggets NBA FREE Betting PICKS

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

By Jonathan Willis
 Mavericks vs Nuggets NBA FREE Betting PICKS

The Dallas Mavericks’ playoff drought looks set to come to an end this season. Dallas was one of the worst teams in the Western Conference the last three seasons, but Luka Doncic has the Mavericks looking like a potential contender this year. Doncic is one of the early frontrunners to be named the NBA MVP, and his play is the main reason why Dallas is 22-13 coming into Monday night’s game with Chicago. The Mavericks will have a day off after that game before facing one of the Western Conference’s best teams in the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night in a game that will be nationally televised.

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  • Date and Time: Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Texas
  • Opening NBA Odds: Check Back Later
  • Nuggets vs. Mavericks TV Coverage: ESPN

This game will be the last in a five-game road stretch for the Nuggets. Denver is currently tied with Houston as the second-best team in the Western Conference, but the Nuggets have not fared well on this road trip and they are 9-7 away from the Mile High City this season. They were hammered by 26 points by the Rockets on New Year’s Eve, and they fell to the lowly Washington Wizards by double digits on Saturday. Denver will face Atlanta on Monday night before traveling to take on the Mavericks on Wednesday.

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Dallas has had its own share of troubles coming into this game. The Mavericks were 16-6 just one month ago, but they have essentially alternated wins and losses since that point. They have lost three of their last four games, including a rough home loss to Charlotte on Saturday. Dallas has not been sharp at home this season. The Mavs are just 10-8 at the AAA, compared to 12-5 away from the Metroplex.

Head-to-Head Results

The Mavericks bested the Nuggets on their home court in late October, gritting out a 109-106 victory despite terrible performances from Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Doncic and Porzingis combined to go 7-26 from the floor and 1-14 from downtown, but Dallas’ bench came up huge. The five bench players outscored the starters, combining to score 61 points in the victory.

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These teams are diametrically opposed when it comes to their philosophies. Rick Carlisle has been the Mavericks for over a decade, and he asks his team to play an open style and outscore their opponents. Dallas is the third highest scoring team in the NBA.

As for the Nuggets, they have the third best scoring defense in the league. Michael Malone has asked Denver to concentrate on the defensive end, and that has led to this franchise emerging as one of the best in the West the last few seasons.

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There are some injury concerns to keep an eye on before betting on this NBA game. Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. are both questionable, and they have each missed time recently for Dallas. Porzingis has been out for over a week, and he has stated his intention is to return for this marquee game. Denver’s Jamal Murray and Paul Millsap are a little banged up too, but they are both considered probable to play on Wednesday.

Two of the best players to ever come out of the Balkans will be the ones to watch in this game as Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic are both the leaders of their teams. Doncic is nearly averaging a triple-double this season, leading the team with 29.4 PPG, 9.7 RPG, and 8.9 APG, while Jokic is leading his team in all three of those categories too.

However, the X-Factor will be Denver’s bench this time. Michael Porter Jr. has been phenomenal over the last few weeks, and the oft-injured forward is finally showcasing the talent that made him the top high school player in the country three years ago. Porter will lead the Nuggets to the victory on Wednesday night.

Nuggets vs. Mavericks Score Prediction: Nuggets 121, Mavericks 108

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