Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks betting tips and predictions for Thursday NBA game on TNT. The Mavericks are looking to avoid a 6th loss in 7 games as they hit the road and travel to Arizona to take on Chris Paul and the Suns. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
This promises to be an exciting match-up between two equally matched teams. The regular season series is tied at 1-1 with each side winning a game at home. The Suns are recovering well from their bumpy start to 2023, they’ve now won 4 games in a row and a large reason for that happening is the recovery and play of Chris Paul who returned to the line-up after a long absence. However, the injury woes are still far from over with Devin Booker, Cam Payne and Landry Shamet all still out of the line-up.
With the way this match-up has unfolded in games played in Phoenix, the Suns might not need either of those 3 guys. Phoenix is on a run of 9 wins in the last 10 meetings at Footprint Center, they’ve also covered the spread in 5 of their last 6 games overall.
The injury to Christian Wood has been a big blow to the ambitions of the Mavs and that’s getting noticeable and noticeable in each game they play. They’ve won just once in their last 6 games, on the road they are just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games. It’s hard to expect any type of success with those numbers, this team ranks only 7th in the Western Conference standings and rumor has it they will be one of the more active teams before the trade deadline arrives next month.
Luka Doncic has been putting up big numbers averaging 32.6 points per game over his last 8 outings, but Dallas should be worried about his minutes as he’s averaging 40.5 per game during that stretch. It wouldn’t be the first time Luka went into the postseason fatigued, so something definitely has to be done to prevent this.
Even Doncic scoring 41 points didn’t prevent the Mavs from losing in their last game and that was against a Wizards team at home, which is a much easier opponent than the Mavs are facing tonight. Phoenix has been in a good groove lately, they are finding their way back and I think their form will just go up from here. Take the Suns to cover.
Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks Predictions & Odds
After struggling for most of the first 2 weeks of 2023 on offense, the Suns have picked it up averaging 117.2 points during their 4 game win streak. With Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton returning to the line-up, the Mavs could be in a lot of trouble. Especially on the inside with Christian Wood missing, I’m expecting the Suns to attack the rim relentlessly here.
The over has cashed 4 times in the last 6 Dallas games, and interestingly enough in their last 5 of 7 games played on a Thursday. Phoenix is also on a 4-2 run on the O/U in their last 6 games, their games vs teams from the Southwest Division have gone over the total 9 times in the last 13 played. With Dallas ranking 5th in offensive efficiency and the Suns on a roll in their last 4 games, I have this game going over the total easily.