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#737 Dallas Mavericks -6 vs.
#738 Phoenix Suns 235
Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 9:35pm EDT
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns

Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, FL

When: Sunday, August 2, 9:00 PM. ET.

The Phoenix Suns will be going for their second consecutive win when they take on the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.

Mavericks Trying To Bounce Back From Los to Rockets

The Mavericks suffered a setback in their first game back, losing to the Houston Rockets in a game they controlled for the most part. They will try to bounce back from the disappointing loss with a win over the Suns on Sunday.

Dallas was one of the best offensive teams in the league before the season was suspended, and they picked up where they left off, scoring 149 points in their loss to the Rockets. They will try to stay hot offensively when they face the Suns.

Kristaps Porzingis had a big game for the Mavericks against Houston, finishing with 39 points and 16 rebounds. Luka Doncic didn’t shoot the ball well but finished the game with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.

The Mavericks haven’t played well defensively in recent games and gave up 153 points to the Rockets in their last game. They will need to play significantly better than they did in their last game if they want to get the win.

Suns Trying To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

The Suns played well in their last game and defeated the Washington Wizards. Despite the win, they are still five games behind the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference standings and can’t afford to lose any games if they want to clinch one of the remaining playoff spots.

Phoenix has played well offensively, averaging 112.7 points per game, which is 14th in the league. They scored 125 in their last game and will need to keep playing well if they want to keep up with the Mavericks.

Devin Booker leads the way for the Suns with 26.1 points per game. He is also averaging 4.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. Deandre Ayton is the team’s second-leading scorer. He is averaging 19.2 points and 12 rebounds per game. They combined for 51 points and 17 rebounds in their win over the Wizards.

The Suns haven’t had as much success on the defensive end, with the team giving up 113.9 points per game, which is 20th in the league. They gave up 112 points in their last game and will need to do a better job to get past the Mavericks on Sunday.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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The Mavericks played well offensively in their first game back, scoring 149 points in their loss to Houston. They will create problems for the Suns, who have struggled defensively this season and are giving up 113.9 points per game, which is 20th in the league. Even though he finished with a triple-double, Doncic didn’t shoot the ball well from the field, making 11 of his 27 attempts. He is shooting 49% from the field against the Suns this season so expect a big game from him. Dallas has also struggled defensively and gave up 153 points in their last game, which is the most they have given up this season. They were unable to handle the duo of Russell Westbrook and James Harden, who went off for 80 combined points and 20 rebounds. With Kelly Oubre, who averaged 20.5 points and eight rebounds per game in two games against the Mavericks, ruled out of the game, Booker and his teammates will have a hard time keeping up with the Mavericks.

Prediction: Dallas Mavericks

Full-Game Total Pick

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Defense has been a problem for these two teams and will be the reason the two teams go over the total in this game. The Mavericks are averaging 123.7 points per game in their last three games and will likely hit that average against a Suns team that has given up 121.3 points per game in their last three games. The Suns are averaging 123.3 points per game in their last three games and will also hit that average against the Mavericks, who are giving up 123 points per game in their last three games. The Suns and Mavericks have played over the total in their last three meetings.

Prediction: Over

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The Mavericks will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Suns in the first half of their last three games, averaging 67 points per game while the Suns average 65.7 points per game.

Prediction: Dallas Mavericks

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The Mavericks and Suns are averaging 132.7 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.