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NBA Lines - Dallas Dominance

Posted by Elio Masi on 3/6/2012 11:18:34 PM

NBA Lines – Dallas Dominance

The Dallas Mavericks will be playing against the Phoenix Suns for the 4th and last time this NBA lines season on Thursday night. The Mavericks have dominated the Suns this year, winning all three games and outscoring them 313-275 in the process.

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(17-20) Phoenix Suns vs. (22-17) Dallas Mavericks
Live from: US Airways Center – AZ
Tipoff: 10:30 PM ET Thursday, March 8, 2012
Broadcast: TNT, TSN2

Phoenix’s Recent Play and Standings

As of Tuesday, the Phoenix Suns sit 12th in the West and are 3.5 points back of a NBA lines playoff spot. They hold a 17-20 record and have gone 5-5 in their last 10. They are currently on a 3-game winning streak that saw them win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings. They hold a 10-9 record in Phoenix and will be looking to stay away from playing a .500 ball game on home court.

Mavericks’ Mediocrity

The Mavericks have begun to quickly fall in the standings due to their recent play. They currently occupy 6th place in the West and have a record of 22 and 17. They are only 2 games back of 3rd and still have a good chance at finishing in the top 4 if they are able to adjust their play. They’ve gone 4-6 in their last ten and have fallen just short again and again. The reigning champions will need to find answers to the questions surrounding their recent play if they are to avoid dropping any further and out of a playoff spot. They remain in the top 8 by only 2 NBA lines games and don't have a big enough cushion, as of right now, to fall on.


Despite Dallas’s recent struggles, Dirk Nowitzki’s been at the top of his game during his last 10 starts. He’s racked up an average of 23.6 points per game in the span and looked great doing so. The 10-time NBA All-Star also averaged 8.2 rebounds and a 45.6 field goal percentage in Dallas’s 4-6 stretch.

Elio’s Edge

Go with Dallas yet again in a 99-90 finish. They’ve dominated Phoenix thus far and there’s no reason to believe they won’t be able to do it again. They have had a hard time as of late but are being given a chance to turn it around - and quickly - Thursday night. Although the Mavs are only 8-10 on the road, Phoenix’s home record isn’t exactly something to be proud of either. Biggest difference maker? Dirk Nowitzki. He’s averaged 28.7 points per NBA lines game thus far in March and he’s looking like he’ll keep it going against the Suns Thursday.


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