The Dallas Mavericks are at Madison Square Garden on Thursday to take on the New York Knicks. Dallas is 28-23 on the season, and 8th in the Western Conference standings. The Mavericks have won back to back games, including a 16 point win on the road at the 76ers on Monday. Despite that, the Mavericks are just 4-6 in their last 10 games.
For the New York Knicks, they have been red hot, with 9 wins in their last 10 games. The Knicks are now 33-18 on the season, and 4th in the Eastern Conference standings. New York beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday at home by 10.
The Dallas Mavericks are small favorites on the road in this game. Dallas is -2. The total is 233.
Talented Dallas Mavericks
Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic have formed one of the best combinations going in the National Basketball Association this season. The combination is combining for more than 59 points per game, 13.8 rebounds and nearly 15 assists per game. Doncic leads the league in scoring, at 34.5 per game.
The Mavericks dropped back to back games to the Timberwolves and Bucks. In those two games, they scored just an average of 102 points per game. With back to back wins at the 76ers and Nets, Dallas scored 118.5 per game. When the Mavericks get going offensively, they can be one of the best teams in the league.
Dallas will host Oklahoma City on Saturday, to start a three game home stand. After that, the Mavericks will welcome the Wizards and Spurs to town to wrap up the first half of the season.
Red Hot Knicks
The New York Knicks are one of the hottest teams in the National Basketball Association. Playing at home, the Knicks have won 19 out of 25 games. A recent loss to the Lakers spoiled their winning streak, but they have lost just three games since the New Year. In the recent win, the Knicks got 32 points from Donte DiVincenzo.
Jalen Brunson had 27 in the game, but had to leave the game with an ankle injury. The Knicks are already banged up, with Julius Randle among a long list of guys hurt. Brunson leads New York with 27.2 points per game, and is dishing out 6.5 assists.
The Knicks will need to go 14-17 in their final 31 games to match the win total from a season ago. New York will wrap up their home stand on Saturday with the Indiana Pacers coming to town. The Knicks play their final two games before the break on the road at the Rockets and then at the Magic.
Mavericks Win on the Road
We are looking forward to this game. Luka Doncic gets a chance to play on the big stage at Madison Square Garden. We are a little concerned about Brunson, and that means, we are going to side with the other way. We actually think Dallas can win this game straight up on the road. Take the Dallas Mavericks via the moneyline at -115 for this game on Thursday. Enjoy the game and good luck!