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Preview: Pacers at Mavericks

The Indiana Pacers seek to post their ninth victory in the past 11 games when they visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The Pacers endured a 113-109 road loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday and look to bounce back against a Dallas team that has dropped five straight games.

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Indiana was on the uphill climb against Detroit after falling behind by 16 after one quarter and was unable to make up the difference. “We’ve been notorious for getting off to slow starts,” Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said after the loss. “We can’t come out like we’re warming up. We have to come out ready to jump on teams and be mentally prepared and physically prepared from the start.” Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic (ankle) returned from a two-game absence to produce 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in Monday’s 121-112 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. All four of Doncic’s triple-doubles have occurred in his past 12 games.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FS Indiana, FS Southwest (Dallas)

ABOUT THE PACERS (40-21): Forward Domantas Sabonis scored 23 points against the Pistons – tying his second-highest output of the season – but departed late in the contest with a sprained ankle. Indiana coach Nate McMillan was unsure what Sabaonis’ status would be and his availability might not be determined until close to game time. Small forward Bojan Bogdanovic poured in 25 points against Detroit and topped 20 points in eight of the past 11 games and 22 times overall.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (26-34): Doncic’s latest stellar night came with a bad component as he committed a season-worst nine turnovers, marking the 12th time he has had five or more miscues in a game. “He thinks he can thread any needle and throw the ball through one guy’s nose and out his rear end,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said after the loss to the Clippers. “You just can’t do that in this league on a consistent basis.” Reserve forward Dwight Powell scored a career-best 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting and reached 20 points in two of the past three games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Pacers won six of the past nine meetings, including a 111-99 home victory on Jan. 19.

2. Dallas SG Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points against Los Angeles for this third 20-point effort in the past four games.

3. Indiana C Myles Turner (left hip) returned from a two-game absence against Detroit but had just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting in 30 minutes.

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Preview: Mavericks at Rockets

James Harden will try to push his streak of 30-point games to 30 in a row when he leads the Houston Rockets into a home matchup with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. Harden continued his phenomenal scoring run with 42 points in Saturday’s 117-112 loss to Oklahoma City, leaving him two 30-point games away from tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest such streak in NBA history.

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The 29-year-old Harden is averaging exactly 30 points in two meetings with the Mavericks this season, but both of them were losses and the team knows it sometimes needs more than his scoring punch to get by. “We have to be consistent for four quarters,” Harden told reporters Saturday after his team fell to 19-9 at home. “It’s pretty simple.” Dallas has taken six of its last nine games after a furious rally gave it a 102-101 win over Portland at home Sunday. Luka Doncic scored 28 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 24 and the Mavericks held the Trail Blazers to just nine fourth-quarter points to finish 2-1 on their three-game homestand.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBATV, FS Southwest (Dallas), AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston)

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (26-29): Doncic played the entire fourth quarter Sunday and scored 13 points while helping Dallas keep Portland from putting up a single point for nearly seven minutes during one stretch. “Luka was great in the fourth,” coach Rick Carlisle told the media of his star rookie. “Not only did he score and make plays but he had a lot of big rebounds down the stretch. I don’t normally play him a whole quarter but when we began to make the push early in the fourth it was just one of these times that he was going to have to finish if you’re going to have a chance.” Carlisle also gave credit to Hardaway Jr., who had a total of 24 points on 10-of-28 shooting through his first two games with Dallas following last week’s blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (32-23): While Harden piles up the milestones, newcomer Kenneth Faried is quietly working on an impressive streak of his own with four straight double-doubles. He shot 8-of-11 from the floor in the loss to the Thunder and is hitting 63 percent of his shots in 10 games since joining Houston last month. Point guard Chris Paul seems to be rounding into shape roughly two weeks after returning from a hamstring strain and fell an assist shy of a triple-double against Oklahoma City.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Doncic was one of six Mavericks in double figures with 21 points in a 107-104 win over Houston in the last meeting.

2. Harden averages 7.8 assists but has a total of only two over his last two games.

3. Mavericks PF Dwight Powell has hit 50 percent of his shots or better in nine straight games.

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Preview: Mavericks at Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers seek to end a season-worst four-game losing streak when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. The Clippers have dropped seven of nine games after being one of the league’s biggest surprises while jumping off to a 15-6 start.

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The Mavericks also were exceeding expectations by winning 12 of 15 games but have followed that stretch up with three straight setbacks, including Tuesday’s 126-118 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Forward Harrison Barnes matched his season high of 30 points against Denver while star rookie forward Luka Doncic registered 23 points and a season-best 12 assists for his third career double-double. The Clippers allowed a season worst for points in Monday’s 131-127 home setback against the Portland Trail Blazers and have allowed an average of 121.5 points over their past six games. “We have to start at the defensive end, picking up our physicality and letting that fuel our offense,” Los Angeles forward Tobias Harris told reporters. “We kind of just have to be a little bit more locked in. It also does help when we get better starts offensively to really get that feel and get ourselves that confidence.”

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (15-14): Center DeAndre Jordan returns to Staples Center as a visiting player for the first time against the Clippers, of whom he spent his first 10 NBA seasons. Jordan recorded 16 points and 23 rebounds – the latter a season high he has since matched – as Dallas recorded a 114-110 home win over Los Angeles on Dec. 2. The 30-year-old is averaging 11 points and 13.8 rebounds and has 25 double-digit rebounding efforts along with 18 double-doubles.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (17-13): Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers is mystified over his team’s recent struggles but he asserted that lineup changes aren’t needed. One player under the microscope is shooting guard Avery Bradley, who has gone scoreless in two of the past four games and been in single digits in five of the last seven. “We’re looking at everything, guys,” Rivers told reporters. “… It’s just convenient when you lose, ‘Let’s go back to something else.’ Probably why I don’t do it, because I think the numbers will bear out.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Clippers have won the past three home meetings with the Mavericks.

2. Dallas PG Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) is expected to sit out for the seventh time in eight games.

3. Los Angeles G Lou Williams (hamstring) is slated to miss his fifth consecutive game but could return later this week.

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Preview: Trail Blazers at Mavericks

The Portland Trail Blazers are experiencing issues after getting off to a strong start. Portland has dropped five of its last six games entering Tuesday’s road game against the Dallas Mavericks, who have won nine of their past 12 games.

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The Trail Blazers have allowed 125 or more points three times during the six-game stretch and the issues were evident during Sunday’s 131-118 road setback against the San Antonio Spurs. “It’s definitely been a struggle,” Portland forward Al-Farouq Aminu told reporters. “Teams have been able to score at a highly efficient rate pretty easy the last couple of games. I like the way that we started the game, we had a couple of steals, guys getting on the floor — we even showed that at halftime. We just have to make sure that we sustain.” Dallas continued its recent stellar stretch with a 114-110 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday and the Mavericks have topped 100 points in four of their past five games. Impressive rookie forward Luka Doncic (hip) was unable to play against the Clippers and is expected to return against Portland.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBCS Northwest (Portland), FS Southwest (Dallas)

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (13-10): The 131 points allowed to the Spurs is the second most allowed by Portland this season behind the poor showing in a 143-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 21. The Trail Blazers are giving up 111.7 points per game and often are trying to outscore teams behind the offensive attack averaging 113 per contest. Star point guard Damian Lillard had 37 points and 10 assists against San Antonio for his third 30-point effort in four games and his third double-digit assist outing of the campaign.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (11-10): Second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will be in the lineup but had a dentist appointment Monday after losing part of a tooth courtesy of an elbow from Clippers guard Patrick Beverley. “It’s just a freak accident,” Smith told reporters after the contest. “I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose. I’m sure that wasn’t his intentions, but it happens. Come back in, finish the game, we got a win. That’s all that matters. I love when the game gets like that. You can go out there, get mad, play with some intensity, heart. When it gets chippy, it’s just like playing back home. That’s the best way to play.” Small forward Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 30 points against Los Angeles and is averaging 24 over the last five games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Trail Blazers went 2-1 against the Mavericks last season to win the season series for the first time since 2009-10.

2. Dallas G J.J. Barea scored a season-best 24 points against the Clippers for his third 20-point performance of the campaign.

3. Portland G-F Evan Turner (Achilles) could miss his second straight game.

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NBA Playoffs Fantasy Preview

Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Dallas Mavericks in the 1st game of this Western Conference battle at Chesapeake Energy Arena Saturday night. This NBA Playoffs Fantasy Preview is brought you by Fanpicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

 

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This regular season, the Thunder swept their season series winning all 4 games while scoring at least 108 pts. They’re clearly favorites in this series and it would be quite an upset if they don’t win it in 5 or less games. The great news for them is that they’re much healthier than the past 2 postseasons. The Mavericks as well are getting healthy as well and should expect starts from their important players, Deron Williams and J.J. Barea.

 

Oklahoma City come into this game lacking perfect form but at least well rested. This will be one of the only The Thunder come into this game lacking good form, but much of that has to do with resting players. This is actually one of the first playoff runs that Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will be playing together and healthy, making it very promising for Thunder fans. Their offense and rebound strength is the main key to their success as they rank in the top 2 in the NBA for both categories.

 

The Mavs are heading into these series having won 7 of their last 9 and one of the hottest teams in the league. During that span, their only 2 losses came against the Spurs and the Clippers. What’s really impressive is how their defense has been allowing less than 98 pts in 9 straight games and averaging just under 90 pts against. Unfortunately, their offense led by veteran and future hall of famer Dirk Nowitzki needs to step it up as they rank outside the top 13 in the NBA when it comes down to pts scored, pts allowed, boards per game and assists per game.

 

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NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview

Western Conference

So we’ve just capped off a bit of the Eastern Conference Playoffs matchups. Let’s get to the very interesting Western conference where a whopping 32 games separate the top seed from the 8th, making it one of the largest margins of all time. Of course you can thank the record breaking Golden State Warriors and realize that some teams aren’t necessarily playing for the same thing. This NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview of the Western Conference is is brought you by FanPicks.com. Dominate your competition with our NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball and create the winning lineup to get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
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(1) Golden State Warriors vs (8) Houston Rockets

There’s not much to say here as this series should be a sweep on paper. They’ve traditionally dominated Houston without a problem. However, don’t be surprised if they end up losing a game or two in this series due to fatigue or possibly taking the Rockets too lightly. There’s really not much to say about this Warriors’ team as they deserve this championship on top of their record breaking regular season.

The Rockets really come into this series trying to be as competitive as possible. The interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff will be hoping that his Rockets can turn the tides around and potentially steal 2 games in this series. They’ve won only once since last season against the Warriors in 12 attemps. Houston will absolutely need the involvment of Dwight Howard to help James Harden, which is sadly their only formula to really compete with Golden State.

 

(2) San Antonio Spurs  vs (7) Memphis Grizzlies

The Spurs have not really been playing like the real Spurs since their March 23 victory against the Miami Heat. Gregg Popovich has been resting his star players on and off for the postseason. San Antonio will most likely sweep the Grizzlies and find their rhythm as they would potentially enter a tough second round matchup against the Thunder.

The Grizzlies have a 500-to-1 odds as underdogs to survive this round against against the Spurs. They may pull off a win by luck but they might not have even made the playoffs if the season lasted a week longer. They will hope to repeat what they did back in 2011, when a much different top seed in the Western Conference, San Antonio team got shocked by the 8th ranked Grizzlies.

 

(3) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (6) Dallas Maverick

Few teams in the NBA have suffered due to health in the playoffs like the Thunder. Back in the opening rounds of 2013, Russell Westbrook’s knee injury kept him out of the opening round in 2013 and their season derailed from there. Serge Ibaka’s calf injury put them in an immense struggle last year against the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. And last season, Kevin Durant’s foot injury kept them out altogether. The matchup with Dallas appears pretty dry and cut since OKC is 4-0 against htem this season.

It will be a monumental upset if Dallas elimnates the 3rd seed Oklahoma City Thunder. The realistic measure of success for Dallas is if they can remain competitive in the series. If they can push this series to 6 or even 7 games, it will count as great accomplishment for them.

 

(4)  Los Angeles Clippers  vs (5)  Portland Trail Blazers

There was a time when just making the playoffs, let alone winning a playoff series, was viewed as a success for the Clippers. After all, we’re talking about a franchise with only one playoff series win from 1977 to 2011. But the Clippers have made the playoffs in each of the past five seasons and have advanced past the first round in three of the past four years. So the meaning of success has changed. Yes, making it out of the first round is important, but finding a way to stay healthy and getting to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history is the real measure of success

No team in the 2016 NBA playoffs is playing with more house money than the Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers are a steep underdog against the Clippers, and any respectful showing that pushes the series to six or seven games would constitute a solid out for Portland, which is a couple of years ahead of its rebuilding schedule.

 

 

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Preview

Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry’s record breaking Golden State Warriors (64-7) will host the travelling Dallas Mavericks (35-36) in Oakland this Friday night at the Oracle Arena. FanPicks is proud to bring you this Daily Fantasy Basketball preview. Take a break from March Madness and come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.

 

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The Warriors are currently on a 9-2 stretch away from becoming the greatest team in this league’s history. They’ve had numerous streaks throughout the season so this one wouldn’t tough to achieve for them. Just like the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State has not lost a game at the Oracle Arena this campaign. On top of that, the Warriors averaging close to 120 pts per game at home. Their coach Steve Kerr knows that the record they’re chasing isn’t the priority but his players have a unique opportunity to chase history.

 

The Mavericks are going through a tough time and may miss their shot at the playoffs. They’ve dropped 8 of their last 10 games with most games coming against potential playoff competition.  The loss of Chandler Parsons due to a knee injury was a big blow for their season. The veteran core of the team is wearing down and it will be hard for them to make playoffs at this rate. They will be a huge underdog in this game and no one really expects them to win. They’ve been allowing 110.4 pts per game since February 5th . The good thing is that Dallas dealt a defeat to the Warriors this year and could brag about beating potentially one of the best teams ever to play in the NBA.

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The Dallas Mavericks will host the Golden State Warriors tonight at the American Airlines, and definitely hope for a similar result as their December matchup in Dallas. This Fantasy NBA Preview is brought you by Fanpicks.com. Come sign up and PLAY some Daily Fantasy NBA Basketball at FanPicks to get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

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The Mavericks are not playing the greatest basketball right now but hanging on just enough to stay in the playoffs, only 1 game up from the Utah Jazz. They unfortunately are on a struggling pattern since the All-Star Break and have lost 6 of their last 7 games. It would really be hard to imagine them getting a win again this time against a red hot Dubnation on pace to beat the single season record of wins. The Mavs are slumping defensively and especially at home surprisingly allowing around 110 pts per game in their past eleven games. They’ve lost 8 of their last 9 matchups against the Warriors.

 

Golden State is on another ridiculous streak having won 13 of their last 14 games. The offensive movement and defensive units are tremendous. They have not shown any signs of weaknesses at all in their 67 games played. They will try to resume their record run in the pursuit of 73 wins in Dallas and ironically, one of their 6 losses was in Dallas back in December. They’re only a 12-3 stretch away from obtaining their record and have made a run better than that on four different occasions this season already. Coach Steve Kerr insisted that fatigue is showing a bit on his players due to the record chasing and he wants to take precautions to slow down the process, limiting practice and resting his players.

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Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers – 01/26/16 Preview

The Dallas Mavericks (25-21) travel to the city of angels on Tuesday night to take on the Los Angeles Lakers (9-37) atthe Staples Center. Dallas are odd favorites to win (line: -7.5). Play in the most exciting daily fantasy basketball, including the newest Point Spread  and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

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The Mavericks are on a 2 game losing streak but the injuries are starting to pile up for them.ear to be piling up. The disappointment is that certain injuries seem to pile up while big players like Chandler Parsons and Wesley Matthews are back from their injuries of the start of the season. Parsons is averaging 29 pts per game his last 3 games. However, Pachulia, Devin Harris and Dirk Nowitzki are all banged up. Pachulia ranks in the top 10 in double doubles in the league, nearly making the All star team.

 

LA has been incredibly struggling this campaign and have lost 10 of their last 11 games coming into this matchup. The mood isn’t the greatest with rumors circulating that Kobe Bryant has been calling out his team after their recent loss. The team struggles across the board as they rank in the top 4 worst in the NBA for points scored and allowed. The Mavericks are heavy favorites going into this game.

 

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks – 01/22/16 Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder (32-12) make their way to Dallas’s American Airlines Center on Friday Night against the Dallas Mavericks (25-19). The Thunder are the odd favorites to win (line: -6). Here is the projected lineup:

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The Thunder having won 6 straight games and with a January record of 9-3 are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now. With a 109-95 win against the Hornets this Wednesday and Kevin Durant leading the way with 26 pts, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes, Russell Westbrook added 16 points, 15 assists, 8 rebounds and 5 steals in 27 minutes. Westbrook has had at least 10 assists in the past 4 games meanwhile Durant put up at least 20 points in his last 29 games. The Thunder won their first matchup this season 117-114 back in November.

The Mavs hope to finish off a 3 game homestand with a 3rd win on Friday. They just defeated the Timberwolves 106-94 in OT. Chandler Parson recorded 30 pts, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in 46 minutes of playtime. Nowitzki due to a swelling in his right knee was forced to sit out. He should be able to play against the Thunder tonight. PG Raymond Felton also was absent during Wednesday’s win but will probably play tonight as well. Justin Anderson, Jeremy Evans, and Salah Mejri were all assigned to the D-League on Thursday.

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Dallas Mavericks  vs. Chicago Bulls

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The Dallas Mavericks (18-20) will be hosted by the Chicago Bulls (23-15) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup The Mavericks head into Chicago for the second game of three-game road trip, bringing their 11-11 road record with them. The Mavericks are coming off a 108-89 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday night. Dallas was extremely short-handed in the contest, as they rested four of their five starters due to the heavy minutes they logged the night before in an overtime win loss to the Cavaliers. J.J. Barea led the team in scoring on Wednesday with 18 points (7-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-3 FT), alongside six assists and three rebounds. All the regular starters should return to the lineup for Friday’s matchup after their night of rest. The Mavericks are 7-9 against Eastern Conference opponents this season. One of those victories came against the Bulls on Dec.26, when Barea led Dallas to 118-111 victory.

The Bulls return home Friday after snapping a three-game slide by the narrowest of margins on Thursday, with a 115-111 overtime victory over the woeful 76ers. One reason for Chicago’s recent skid can be attributed to the health of the team. Derrick Rose sat out of Thursday’s win due to tendinitis in his left knee. The former MVP has already made it clear that he will be available for Friday’s contest. In Rose’s absence, Jimmy Butler took charge of the game, scoring a career-high 53 points (15-30 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 21-25 FT), along with 10 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. The Bulls look to defend their 16-6 mark at home this season. Chicago is 9-4 against the Western Conference this season.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers (26-9) will be hosted by the Dallas Mavericks   (12-26) at American Airlines Center on Tuesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupMany people overlook LeBron James for MVP considerations with all the new studs in the NBA, but he’s playing like an MVP right now. Over his last six games, he is averaging nearly 28 points per game and shooting well over 50 percent from the field. He is also doing a great job of playing distributor, even with Kyrie Irving back in the fold. That’s what makes this team so scary, not only do they have arguably the best player in our generation, they have two other superstars on the roster. Cleveland comes into this game in the midst of a seven-game winning streak and much of that success has to be credited to the elite defense they are playing. The Cavaliers rank third in points allowed and that is always the biggest emphasis when James speaks about his team. This should be a an interesting game for James, as he’ll be facing a Mavericks team that ended his first stint in Cleveland in the 2007 NBA Finals.

Dallas comes into this matchup winning three of their last four, albeit against some terrible competition. This type of game will be a better barometer of where this team is at right now and it should be interesting to see them against a fully healthy Cleveland squad. Dirk Nowitzki is one of the only remaining players from that 2007 team that beat Cleveland and he’ll hope to carry over his recent form into this game. Nowitzki is averaging 24 points and six rebounds per game over his last four games. The Mavericks come into this game as a six-point underdog and they have covered five of their last six games when being a six-point dog or higher.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks

 

The Dallas mavericks (21-15) will be hosted by the Milwaukee Bucks (14-23) at the Harris Bradley Center on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup The Mavericks will head to Milwaukee looking for their third-straight win after defeating their division-rival New Orleans Pelicans 100-91 on Wednesday night. It was an impressive win for the Mavs following a double overtime victory over the Kings the night before. As a result of the double-overtime win, Dallas choose to rest four of their five starters and had only 10 players available for the game. Raymond felt led the team in scoring with 22 points (6-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 7-7 FT), six assists, and a steal in 36 minutes. Chandler Parsons, who was questionable with a hip contusion, contributed 21 points (9-16 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, and six assists in 31 minutes. All the starters should return to the court after their night off on Wednesday, including former Buck and All-Star candidate Zaza Pachulia. The Mavericks have won six straight over the Buck dating back to 2011.

The Bucks return home after swinging by Chicago on Tuesday for a game against the Bulls in which they were defeated 117-106. The Bucks only played nine players on Tuesday. Khris Middleton led the group with 26 points (10-21 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, and a steal in 38 minutes. Michael Carter-Williams added 20 points (9-14 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 12 assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 37 minutes. Jerryd Bayless missed the game after coming back from an 11-game absence on Monday. His status heading into Friday is still unknown. The Bucks have allowed 114.4 points per game in their past five games and are endanger of dropping their third straight.

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