The Denver Nuggets and the Dallas Mavericks go head to head on Monday night. Jason Kidd and the rest of his squad host the Nuggets after a five-game stretch on the road. They return to the American Airlines Center with three wins in five games. Meanwhile, the visitors try to keep the momentum going and secure a fourth-straight win. They have been impressive in recent days, winning games against the Warriors and the Clippers.
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Nuggets vs. Mavericks Game Information
Still in health and safety protocols for the Nuggets: Monte Morris, Bones Hyland, Jeff Green and Zeke Nnaji. They’re all out tomorrow against the Mavs.— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) January 2, 2022
- When: Monday, January 3, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
- Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM (Nuggets) / 103.3 FM ESPN (Mavs)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets (odds) / Mavericks (odds)
Why Bet on the Denver Nuggets?
The Nuggets produced some solid performances last week. They gave the Warriors their seventh loss of the season in an 89-86 encounter. Before that, the team also took down the Clippers 103 to 100. It’s been good for the Nuggets since Nikola Jokic’s return from injury.
The team ran over the Rockets in their most recent matchup. They scored 124 points by the final buzzer. This is way over their average of 106.2 points (22nd) per game. The team averages 46.3% shooting (tenth). Most of their points are scored from close range. They hit 54.9% of their attempts from the two-point range. Meanwhile, the team still holds the better three-point shooting percentage over their upcoming opponents at 34.4% (19th).
Defense is where the Nuggets find most of their pace. They limit teams to 106.1 points (ninth) per game. They also put up a solid defense around the perimeter. The squad limits opponent two-point and three-point percentages to 54.7% (27th) and 34.1% (tenth), respectively.
Starters Monte Morris and Jeff Green remain out of commission. However, the pairing of Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon are ready to take on scoring responsibilities. Facundo Campazzo and JaMychal Green are expected to fill in for the absence of the aforementioned starters.
Why Bet on the Dallas Mavericks?
The hosts start to look better succeeding in back-to-back road wins against the Kings and the Thunder. They look forward to the support of their supporters as the Mavs try to add another victory to their 21 home wins.
The team’s offensive numbers don’t look appealing at the moment. However, the Mavs get some impetus back with Luka Doncic in good physical condition. The team averages 105.5 points (25th) per game on 44.9% shooting (21st). They hit 32.8% of three-point shots (25th) while doing better from the two-point range at 53.8% (sixth).
The Mavs have more to say on the defensive end, which makes this a solid bout. The side holds opponents to 104.9 points (fourth) per game. They hold teams to 45.9% shooting (19th) and do most of the defensive work in the paint. As a team, they limit competitors to 44.5 points (11th) in the shorter range. This should put pressure on a team that utilizes two-point shots.
Willie Cauley-Stein is the only starter to miss the game. Dwight Powell will fill in for the center while he recovers. We get to see the duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis go to work again and give the Mavs some much-needed offensive prowess in this home game.
Nuggets vs. Mavs Betting Trends
- The Nuggets are 3-2 in their last five regular-season road games against the Mavs (3-2 ATS).
- The Nuggets are 4-1 in their last five regular-season road games (3-2 ATS).
- The totals have gone over in six of the Nuggets’ last ten regular-season road games against the Mavs.
- The Mavs are 6-4 in their last ten regular-season home games against the Mavs (5-5 ATS).
- The Mavs are 2-2 in their last four regular-season games at the American Airlines Center (3-2 ATS).
- The totals have gone under in three of the Mavs’ last five regular-season home games against the Nuggets.
Nuggets vs. Mavs Expert Betting Prediction
This is a close game that could swing both ways. But, with home-court advantage on the Mavs’ side, they enter the contest as favorites. Having their two key players back is also a plus for the squad and its morale. We look forward to Doncic and Porzingis taking the spotlight for the visitors.
In the meantime, the Nuggets have Jokic at their disposal in December after losing him for several weeks in November. The center is in great form and will play a crucial role in this road game. He can help his side cover the spread and keep things close enough to try and take this one from the Mavs.
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