BROOKLYN NETS (39-28)
at DALLAS MAVERICKS (32-35)
Tip-off: Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. ET
Line: Dallas -4.5, Total: 199
Both the Mavericks and the Nets will be going for their second straight victories when the two square off in Dallas on Wednesday night.
Brooklyn is coming off a 37-point road blowout over the Pistons on Monday to start its eight-game road trip, while the Mavericks won their last game Monday by 14 on the road against the Hawks. These clubs have played once this season, with that meeting taking place in Brooklyn on March 1. Dallas shot 50% from the floor to win that game 98-90. The Mavericks are 10-5 ATS versus Brooklyn since 1996 and they could improve on that Wednesday as PF Dirk Nowitzki has been on a tear lately and the Nets have nobody at the power forward position who can keep him in check. However, the Nets usually thrive after a big win, going 16-5 ATS (76%) after a road victory by 20+ points since 1996.
Can the Mavs win and cover the moderate spread on Wednesday night? For the answer, connect to NBA Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. StatFox Brian is 67% ATS (20-10) since Feb. 28, StatFox Gary is also 67% ATS (24-12-1) since Feb. 20 and StatFox Scott is 55% ATS (38-31-1) since Feb. 3. The experts are a collective 55.2% ATS (149-121-3) since February began, and Scott is now 54% ATS (108-92-2) for the season, while Gary is 53.4% ATS (87-76-5) and Brian is 52.4% ATS (109-99-3). For NBA Totals, Gary is a stellar 80% (12-3) since March 7, Brian is 63% (5-3) in his past six days, and Scott is 63% (15-9-3) since Feb. 22 to raise his season record to 57% (91-70-3) in Totals.
The Nets went on an offensive explosion Monday at Detroit with 119 points on 54.2% FG. At the head of a very balanced attack was Deron Williams. The banged up point guard (sore ankle) finished the game with 31 points and five assists in just 28 minutes. Williams’ shooting helped Brooklyn get out to a fast lead and never look back. C Brook Lopez was the next best starter on the night for Brooklyn, going 7-of-10 from the field with 18 points and seven rebounds. Two of the more notable performances for Brooklyn came from its bench. SF Jerry Stackhouse was 5-for-6 from the field in the game with 10 points while PF Andray Blatche had 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 22 minutes as well. When the Nets are getting production from their glue guys, they are a very tough team to defeat.
The Mavericks are also coming off a high-scoring affair, hanging 127 points on 57.3% FG in Monday's 127-113 win in Atlanta. PG Darren Collison really provided the team with a spark off the bench, making 10-of-14 shots and 2-of-3 from downtown. He finished off the game with 24 points and five assists, providing Dallas with a very reliable floor general on the evening. Dirk Nowitzki continues to play good basketball for Dallas. The power forward was 7-for-11 on the night and 2-for-2 from three-point range, finishing with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists in just 30 minutes. Over the past five games, the four-time All-Star is averaging 19.6 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 3.2 APG and 1.4 SPG in 32.6 MPG. When Nowitzki is playing at his best, this Mavericks team looks far from a lottery team and if they continue to win games, they’ll have a chance to steal the eighth seed in the Western Conference come playoff time.