Sun, Mar 20, 3:10am by Kevin Pitstock
When: 1:30 pm AEST Saturday, March 19, 2011
Where: American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas
Two playoff teams meeting for the chance to improve their seed for the postseason tournament. Dallas enters with a 48-20 record and 24-10 at home while the Spurs are 23-10 on the road and 54-13 overall. Dallas has won 6 of the last ten game and San Antonio have won seven of their last ten games. Lets check the odds from Centrebet after we preview each team to give you our expert pick for your bet.
Dirk Nowitzki is the scoring leader with his 23.3 points per game along with shooting 52.8% from the field. Jason Kidd leads in two categories with 8.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Tyson Chandler rounds out the offense with 9.3 boards off the glass per game and his 1.1 blocks.
The Mavericks average 100 points per game which is 12th best in the NBA and they are shooting 47.7% from the field which ranks them 2nd best in the league. They are 7th best at shooting the 3-ball as they average 37.3% and the fire in free throws at a 78.4% clip. Rebounding is their excellence as they average 41.1 boards a game. On defense they allow 96.5 points per game and give back 40.8 rebounds a game.
San Antonio Overview
The Spurs are the 6th best in scoring average with a great 103.4 clip per game. They fire field goals at a 47.3% which is 5th best in the NBA. San Antonio is shooting free throws at 76.8% and they lead the league in 3-point shooting at 39.9%. Rebounding comes n at 42.2 boards a game. On defense they allow 97 points and 41.5 rebounds per game to their opponents. The limit the opponents to 37% from beyond the arc.
Tim Duncan leads the team in rebounds with 9.1 per game and he blocks almost 2 shots per game. Guard Tony Parker hands out 6.5 assists a game and he fires field goals at a 51.9%. Manu Ginobilli handles the scoring duties as he averages 17.8 per game and contributes 1.6 steals.
Pick and Prediction
Both of these teams can flat out shoot the ball. This will be a roadrunner game as they are likely to hit the OVER for this game. Both teams are approximately the same in the rebounding ability and the factor for this game is the home team doesn’t lose many games. The odds courtesy of Centrebet has Dallas Mavericks -2. Our pick if for them to cover that spread at the American Airlines Center.
Our Pick: Bet Dallas -2 at Centrebet.
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