I missed on both NBA picks on Wednesday evening. Today I’m going with an afternoon affair as the red-hot Golden State Warriors travel to Dallas to face the Mavericks.
The Golden State Warriors come in to this afternoon’s tip-off winners of 14 in a row and owners of the NBA’s best record at 19-2. Their last loss came over a month ago, November 11 at home versus San Antonio. During their streak they have won by 10 or more points 10 times. They’ve scored under 100 only twice during the streak. They own the top road mark in the NBA with an 11-1 record. They are top 5 in all 4 of the major team stats rankings. 3rd in points per game with 106.8 points per game, 2nd in rebounds per game with 45.7, 3rd in assists per game with 25.7, and 5th in points allowed with 95.6 per game. They are 3-1 versus Southwest division opponents. They have held opponents under 100 points 14 times this season. Today is the start of a 3 game road trip and the 1st game of a back to back. Tomorrow evening they play at New Orleans. The team is 4-0 in the 1st game of a back to back so far this season. After a 114-105 loss at Memphis on Tuesday the Dallas Mavericks got back on the winning track with a 112-107 home victory versus New Orleans on Wednesday. They have won 7 of their last 9 games. They have scored 100 or more points in their last 10 and in 21 of 24 games overall this season. They have won by 5 or less points 7 times this season. They have scored 110 or more points 9 times this season. The team is 1st in the league in scoring with 110.5 points per game, 20th in the league in rebounds per game with 41.5 per game, 7th in assists per game with 23.5, and 25th in points allowed with 103.2. They are 9-3 at home this season. They are 2-1 versus Pacific division opponents. After today’s game they go on the road for 2 in a row and 3 of their next 5. Their next game is Tuesday at New York.
This is the 1st meeting of the season between Golden State and Dallas. After today the teams play 3 more times this season: February 4th at Golden State, March 6th at Golden State, and April 4th at Dallas. Last season the Warriors were victorious in 3 of 4 meetings with the Mavericks. The Warriors have won 6 of the last 10 meetings.
Warriors vs Mavericks Prediction
The Warriors’ streak has to come to an end at some point and an afternoon game at a good Dallas team has the makings of a great showdown. The Mavericks really know how to score the ball, let’s see if this vastly improved defense by the Warriors can stop them.
Take the Mavericks +1