Dallas and Phoenix kick off their season on Wednesday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Both teams are coming off awful years and are looking to contend for the postseason this time around. The Suns are currently on a five-game winning streak against the Mavs.
How much will Jordan addition improve the Mavs?
Dirk Nowitzki and company are going to give it another go after an extremely disappointing season, finishing just 13th in the Western Conference with a 24-58 record. They’ve now missed the postseason in consecutive years, but they’re hoping a resigned Nowitzki and adding DeAndre Jordan from the Clippers will bost this team. It’s worth noting that they drafted Kostas Antetokounmpo, who signed a two-way contract and is the brother of Giannis.
Forward Harrison Barnes, who had the highest scoring average on the team last season with 18.9 points per game, will be on the team but is listed as out for the opener with a hamstring injury. Nowitzki was the fifth-highest scorer and played 77 games, and it’s likely that he could be coming off the bench at times for the new-look Mavs, and he won’t even appear until late October. Rookie Luka Doncic is a talented forward who was the EuroLeague MVP last season.
Can the Suns finally get over 30 wins in a season?
After multiple years of seasons that finished well below the .500 mark, is it finally time for Phoenix to make a move to the next level? The goal was to build around their young superstar, Devin Booker. The guard led the team with 24.9 points per game in the 54 contests he appeared in. Injuries slowed him down a season ago and he starts off this year recovering from right hand surgery, but he’s probable to appear in the opener.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) October 16, 2018
Neither side of the ball was remotely competitive in the NBA last season. They were dead last in 3-point shooting (33.4 percent), near the bottom in field goal percentage overall (44.2%), and they gave up the most points on average (115.3). There’s obviously a lot to build on, and they’ll hope to see an immediate impact from their draft pick, Deandre Ayton.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after a SU loss
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings against the Mavs
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
There’s a few injuries to be concerned about if you’re the Mavericks, and they end up being a slight underdog in this contest. The Suns have just dominated this matchup going two seasons back, and it’s hard to see the Mavs break that trend with some key players missing.
Prediction: Phoenix -1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
In two of Phoenix’s last five wins against Dallas, they put up 124 points. In the other games, they scored around the century mark and all of those happened to fall on the under. Don’t expect the Suns to rack up well over the century mark, making this total a shade high.
Prediction: Under 215