Basketball Playoff Betting — Nowitzki Seeks to Get in Gear in Mavs-Spurs Game 2

The Dallas Mavericks had a lead in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Game 1 of the Western Conference playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, but apparently they couldn’t stand their brief success. Now, having lost a 90-85 decision, they will try to regroup for Wednesday night’s Game 2, as basketball playoff betting action that is slated to get underway at 8:05 PM ET at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Dirk Nowitzki was held to just eleven points in the opener, and the Spurs’ Big Three combined for 65 points as San Antonio overcame a difficult shooting night. Can they do a little better on Wednesday? Can Nowitzki?

It was obviously no secret that the Spurs held some matchup edges over the Mavs, as they had executed a clean sweep in the season series, winning all four games. And they proved to be a handful for Dallas’ leading scorer to deal with.

In the basketball playoff betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetDSI, the Spurs are laying several buckets:

San Antonio Spurs -8
Dallas Mavericks +8

Over 198 points -110
Under 198 points -110
What happened during Game 1 was interesting, as the Mavericks held the edge even as Nowitzki was not having one of his best games. In fact, they were up by ten points (81-71) before San Antonio scored fourteen straight points, part of which was fueled by the defensive job the Spurs were doing on Nowitzki. Ultimately Game 1 turned out a major disappointment all the way around. Nowitzki hadn’t scored fewer points in a playoff game since 2006.

Would BetDSI customers have thought that in the first game of a series against a team with the league’s best record, Dallas’ top scorer would be reserve guard Devin Harris, with 19 points? That’s what happened with this team, which shot just 41%.

Did San Antonio do any better? Well, only a little. The Spurs hit 43%, but had a rough time of it at the three-point arc, where they hit just three out of 17 shots. However, it was rally the “supporting players” who came up empty; between Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, they were 54% accurate, and Ginobili was three-of-six from downtown.

San Antonio got scoreless games out of both Danny Green and Marco Belinelli; for Dallas, Nowitzki and Monta Ellis were both 4-for-14 from the field. is there upside here as far as more offense is concerned? We do have to consider the capabilities of these two teams, in addition to the fact that only twice over the last ten meetings have they combined for less than 200 points.

Then again, you’ve also got to take into consideration the fact that San Antonio (a -400 money line favorite to win straight-up at BetDSI) is not content to just allow Nowitzki his points and stop everybody else. They want to keep the Dallas offense off-balance by the making its centerpiece very uncomfortable. Of course, if Nowitzki is slowed down, Ellis has to make up the difference, and he was not able to do that on Sunday. Can he do that in Game 2?
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