|-1.5 DAL (-115) @ bet365|
8* Dallas (9:35 ET): The Mavs just missed out on covering the 10.5-point spread last night as they downed Detroit 127-117. It was a game they largely controlled in the second half - as they should have considering where the Pistons are in the standings. Dallas will gladly take the SU win, but it’s still six straight ATS losses for a team that had lost four in a row at home going into last night, including two to losing teams. I will point out that they led the Pistons by as many as 17 in the fourth quarter. The number is a LOT shorter tonight and I will lay it as the Mavs look to win two in a row.
The big story for this game is that Anthony Davis is expected to return for the Lakers. Davis says he’s now “100% healthy,” but how effective can he be after missing 30 games? The Lakers went 14-16 SU in his absence and now trail the Nuggets by 2.5 games for fourth place. Remember there’s still no LeBron James. The team hasn’t played since Monday when they lost 111-97 to Utah. While they’ve been alternating wins and losses all month long, I just don’t like their chances here as they are only 3-8 ATS in their L11 games as an underdog.
I truly believe Dallas will pass Portland for sixth place in the Western Conference. Remember how important that is as sixth place allows you to avoid the play-in round. Finishing sixth or better is a stated goal for this team, which has been vocal in its displeasure over the “play-in round.” The six straight ATS losses matches a season-high, previously set in late January. A win here would tie the Mavs with Portland for sixth place. A SU win almost certainly will equal an ATS win and I think we’re getting a real discount due to the Davis news (I don’t think he’ll be that effective). 8* Dallas