Basketball Betting Odds — Warriors Lay Points Against Visiting Mavs in Oakland

The Golden State Warriors are a team that is heating up at the right time, and they’ve got an excellent chance to improve their situation in the playoff picture in the West. At the same time, they have to keep winning games if they want to avoid dropping in the ultra-competitive atmosphere that exists in the conference. On Tuesday night, Golden State takes on a team that is hot on its heels, the Dallas Mavericks, in basketball betting action that is slated to get underway at 10:35 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The Warriors are 40-24 straight-up on the season, and that puts them in sixth place in the Western Conference, two games ahead of the Mavericks, who are 38-26. Golden State is 32-30-2 against the basketball pointspread, while Dallas is 36-28 in that category.

In the basketball betting odds that have been placed on this game at WagerWeb, the Warriors are the favorites:

Golden State Warriors -5.5
Dallas Mavericks +5.5

Over 208.5 points -110
Under 208.5 points -110

The Warriors have won nine of their last 11 games, and they have been able to accomplish this in different ways. On some nights they play great defense, as they did when visiting the Indiana Pacers a week ago and holding the East leaders to 42% shooting in a 98-96 victory. On some nights they are red-hot on offense, as they have been in their last two victories, over Atlanta and Phoenix, in which they have shot over 53%, which represents their best marksmanship since the All-Star break. Coach Mark Jackson would certainly like to think that this team is bringing some solid defense into the post-season, because when the pace gets a little more deliberate and they are playing a series of games against the same opponent, the defenders certainly have to show up.

WagerWeb customers know that one guy who usually shows up, at least on the offensive end, is Stephen Curry, the outstanding guard who averages 23.5 points per game> But he has been slowed down quite a bit lately by a strained right quad. This has reduced his average to 16 points per game over the last four, but it is interesting to note that when Curry scores fewer than 20 points, his team has won 19 out of 22 games.

When these teams last met on December 11, Curry scored 33 points and led the Warriors back from being 18 points down as they came out with a 95-93 victory in Oakland (which failed to cover as a six-point favorite in the basketball betting odds). Maybe Curry is not in the kind of condition to explode like that in this particular contest, but Dallas had better worry about the accuracy of its biggest star, power forward Dirk Nowitzki, who has gone cold over the last two games, hitting just eleven of his 33 shots. However, it could be a good sign for the Mavericks that despite this, they were able to come out with victories over the Portland Trail Blazers and Pacers.

But a bad sign is that when he isn’t hitting at a respectable rate, the Mavs may have a hard time holding off charging foes. They almost blew a 30-point lead against Portland, and let Indiana get close after being up by 17 points. So the lesson is that no lead is safe for Dallas. Will Golden State’s two-game lead be safe against THEM?

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