San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks
Tip-off: Friday, January 25, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
While it’s true that the San Antonio Spurs have dominated the Dallas Mavericks this NBA season,YouWager line makers do not believe there’s any reason why tonight’s game should be any different.
San Antonio has been doing a great job while Dallas has also impressed fans. The Spurs (34-11) are riding the NBA’s longest current winning streak at six games after defeating the New Orleans Hornets 106-102 on Wednesday even while not having Gregg Popovich or Tim Duncan.
These players did not make the trip to Dallas because Popovich remains ill and Duncan is still enduring a sore left knee.
Assistant Mike Budenholzer will suit up again for Popovich, whose absence Wednesday certainly came as a surprise after he waited until two hours before tipoff to say he would miss that meeting.
Veteran Stephen Jackson had 15 points — his total from the previous four games combined — to help assist his team and fill the void left by Duncan, who scored 24 in each of his last two games. The 36 year-old player will get another day off today to rest his knee, and fellow starter Kawhi Leonard (patella tendon) also could miss a second straight game.
Dallas (18-24) could also benefit from having had four days off since last playing. The Spurs have had two games in that span.
Dirk Nowitzki’s season debut came at San Antonio on Dec. 23 in a 129-91 loss as the Spurs set a franchise record with 20 3-pointers. The 34 year-old player was held to eight points that day and in Dallas a week later when San Antonio made it to a 111-86 win.
Those two losses were part of a 1-10 slump that dropped Dallas 10 games below .500. They’ve since won five of six, averaging 110.7 points, and the only defeat came in overtime to league-best Oklahoma City Thunder.
According to the NBA odds and betting line, San Antonio can certainly count on help on the offense by Manu Ginobili, who scored 20 last month versus the Mavericks and returned Wednesday after missing four games with a strained hamstring. The Argentinian scored five of his nine points in the fourth quarter and played 17 minutes.