The Dallas Mavericks will look to continue their recent success against the Brooklyn Nets when they meet in an early-season showdown on Thursday night. The Mavericks (1-2), who have won four of the past five meetings with Brooklyn, and nine of the last 13, have won or tied each of the last four season series with the Nets (1-3). The teams split their season series a year ago with each team winning on the road. Brooklyn is off to a disappointing start to its season, including a 110-99 loss to fellow Eastern Conference contender Milwaukee on Wednesday. Brooklyn will be without Seth Curry (ankle), Joe Harris (ankle), Markieff Morris (personal) and T.J. Warren (foot), while Dallas is missing Davis Bertans (knee) and Frank Ntilikina (ankle), with Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) questionable.
The game from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Mavericks are averaging 118 points per game this season, while the Nets average 110. The Mavericks are 2.5-point favorites in the latest Mavericks vs. Nets odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 224.5. Before making any Nets vs. Mavericks picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.
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- Nets vs. Mavericks spread: Mavericks -2.5
- Nets vs. Mavericks over/under: 224.5 points
- Nets vs. Mavericks money line: Mavericks -130, Nets +110
- DAL: The Mavericks are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven Thursday games
- BKN: The over is 4-1 in the Nets’ last five games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
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Why the Mavericks can cover
Luka Doncic is off to another solid start, averaging 34.7 points, nine rebounds, 7.7 assists and 34.3 minutes per game. In Tuesday’s loss at New Orleans, Doncic scored 37 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists while registering two steals. He has been named to the All-NBA First Team in each of the last three seasons, becoming one of four players to earn three All-NBA First Team nods before age 24. Doncic is also Dallas’ all-time leader in triple-doubles (46), having produced more than the rest of the Mavs franchise combined (40).
Coming off the bench and producing for Dallas is PF/C Christian Wood. Wood has been consistent in his play, scoring 25 points twice and 23 in the loss at New Orleans. He has been solid on the boards, averaging 8.7 per game, including 12 in a 137-96 win over Memphis this past Saturday. In six career games against the Nets, Wood is averaging 10.2 points and six rebounds.
Why the Nets can cover
Despite that, Dallas isn’t a lock to cover the Mavericks vs. Nets spread. That’s because Brooklyn has been able to count on forward Kevin Durant to come through when needed. In Wednesday’s loss to the Bucks, Durant poured in 33 points, the third time in four games he has scored 30 or more. He is hitting 52% of his shots from the floor, and is 7 of 22 (32%) from 3-point range. Durant is looking to follow-up on a strong 2021-2022 season, which saw him average 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists.
Guard Kyrie Irving is off to a strong start to his season as well. A year after being limited to 29 games, he has played in all four so far. In Wednesday’s loss at Milwaukee, Irving poured in 27 points, while grabbing nine rebounds. For the season, he is averaging 27.3 points and five rebounds per game. Irving has had a lot of success against Dallas throughout his career. In 14 games against the Mavericks, he is averaging 25.6 points, 4.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds, while connecting on 37.4% of his 3-pointers.
How to make Mavericks vs. Nets picks
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