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Basketball Betting Preview & Picks – Suns Meet Mavs in Genuine Western Showdown

The Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks have been battling all season long in an effort to get to the NBA playoffs. While some people may have expected the Mavs to get there, they had no such expectations out of the Suns. On Saturday night these teams will meet up in basketball betting action that is more critical than any other in terms of deciding who may be playing in the post-season and who will be sitting at home.

Game time for this very big matchup is 8:35 PM ET at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The Mavericks are 48-32 straight-up, and for the moment that puts them all alone in seventh place in the West, and they are a half-game ahead of both the Suns and Memphis Grizzlies, who are tied by virtue of the Suns losing to San Antonio on Friday and Memphis defeating Philadelphia.

However, since Memphis actually owns a tie-breaker over Phoenix, the Suns are technically the 9th place club, on the outside and looking in.

They need to win this game, and it would throw the tie-breaker between them and the Mavs to their advantage because the clubs have split two earlier meetings.

We hope BetDSI customers understood all of that.

In this game the Suns hope to have the services of Goran Dragic, who leads the team in scoring at 20.2 points per contest, but sat out Friday night’s loss to San Antonio with a sprained ankle. he injured the ankle on Wednesday night – in the first quarter – and gutted it out the rest of the way. On Friday the swelling had gone down, but the ankle was, in the words of a Phoenix sportswriter, “as purple as the road uniform” the Suns wear.

Basketball bettors can be confident that everything is going to be done to ensure that Dragic can make post in the Dallas showdown. If he is there, and in pretty good condition to play, he is going to afford Phoenix the opportunity to have flexibility in the backcourt with Eric Bledsoe. Not that Gerald Green is not capable of picking up some offensive slack (he scored 27 points against the Spurs last night), but according to the advanced stats out together by the good people at 82Games.com, all the top combinations on this team, by far, include Dragic.

As BetDSI patrons move closer toward this matchup, it is important that they be aware of several things. One of that Phoenix not only has the league’s best record against the NBA betting lines, they also are the best at covering on the road, at 27-12 ATS. Both of these teams played the Spurs (and lost) in their last game, but Dallas gets the benefit of having a day off since it last played, although Phoenix, which has now won nine of its last 12 games, has not been terrible playing the second end in back-to-back situations (9-7 ATS).

Dallas, which has won six of its last nine, has played six of its last eight games over the total as it has been posted in the basketball betting lines. And Bledsoe has hit his career high not once, but twice, in the last four contests (30 points).
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