Joe Harris,Kevin Durant,Terrence Ross
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris, left, and forward Kevin Durant (7) defend against Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

NETS VS MAVERICKS, DEC. 7

Kyle Barrette

This Mavericks’ home stand hasn’t gone exactly as they had planned. With two of the three games against the lowly Pelicans and the Morant Grizzlies, even with all their injuries, they could still win one or both of those games. Well, the Mavs lost both, and now they finish their three-game home stand on a back-to-back against one of the best teams in the East. So do they have a shot? Let’s break it down and find out.

Mavericks
It’s been a rough start for the Mavs this season, sitting at .500 is going to make things tough in a loaded western conference. Luckily for Dallas, Porzingis and Doncic injuries don’t seem to be overly serious, and they are trending to return for this game. The consensus is that these guys are going to be what Dallas needs to win games this season. Dallas definitely has some work to do on the offensive side of the ball; they rank 25th only averaging 104 points per game. Their defense has at least given them a shot to stay in these games as they rank as one of the better teams defensively at number 12 allowing 106 points per game. A poor offensive output and injuries to your top players makes it no surprise this team is 2-7 in their last nine games and tonight’s test is not going to be easy.

Nets
This could be what the Nets need here. A Dallas team that is having trouble scoring and has some injuries to their key players. Looking over the Nets games lately you can’t help but see a growing amount of games that they are barely winning. Four out of their last five wins have all come by five points or less. The Nets are also boasting better defensive numbers than Dallas at the moment as they rank 10th allowing just under 106 per game. The offensive numbers is what separates these two teams as the Nets come in putting up 109 per game, good enough to be right outside the top 10 at 11th in scoring. Rest will be another huge factor here. Brooklyn last played three days ago and Dallas comes into this game on a back to back.

Nets-3.5 vs. Mavericks the Pick: Nets-3.5

There are too many unknowns for the Mavericks right now and the way they have been playing even with their two stars. 3.5 points will be enough points for a well-rested Nets squad to cover.

Same Game Parlay:

Nets -4, Kevin Durant Over 27.5 Pts, Kevin Durant to Score 30+ Pts, Nets to win by 1-10 Pts and Jalen Brunson First Basket.


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