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Mavericks vs Nuggets: Dallas to just shade Denver again

Tip-off: 0030, 09/01/2020

Stadium: American Airlines Center

TV: Sky Sports

Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets look pretty evenly matched heading into their showdown at American Airlines Center and a tight tussle is expected.

The visitors have won two more matches than their opponents in assembling a 25-11 record, but that is largely down to their impressive home form.

However, Denver were edged out 109-106 by Dallas in front of their own fans at the end of October and we can envisage a similar outcome here.

Punters can get 4/1 for Dallas to win by 1-5 points again and that is our opening Mavericks vs Nuggets prediction.

A Look At Dallas Mavericks’ Betting Odds

Luka Doncic has been in incredible form for Dallas this season and he led them to a 118-110 triumph over Chicago on Monday night at this venue.

The 6ft 7in Slovenian posted 38 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against the Bulls to register an NBA-leading 11th triple-double.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle beamed: “I thought the most impressive thing about his game was his demeanour, his disposition and his poise.

“Teams are sending athletic guys to be physical and banging him – and he really stayed level-headed.”

That was a second win in three straight home games for Dallas, who really should have also beaten Charlotte here when going down in overtime.

All of those matches were high-scoring affairs, so 91/100 for over 217.5 points to be bagged in this game stands out from the Mavericks vs Nuggets odds.

A Look At Denver Nuggets’ Betting Odds

Denver will round off a run of five consecutive away fixtures with this trip, having gone 2-2 in the previous four.

Star man Nikola Jokic was on fire in a 123-115 victory at Atlanta last time out, scoring a career-high 47 points.

Teammate Will Barton, who added a season-best 28, commented: “We go as he goes. I feel like no one can stop him.”

However, the Hawks do have the worst record in the NBA this term and Denver had suffered a surprise loss at another struggling outfit in Washington two nights earlier.

A previous win in Indiana reads pretty well, but going down 130-104 at high-flying Houston raises more question marks.

Still, with Jokic and Doncic on song, let’s finish off our Mavericks vs Nuggets betting tips by taking 18/5 for 221-230 points to be scored in the game.

Additional stats

Last result:

DALLAS 118-110 Chicago

Atlanta 115-123 DENVER

Head-to-head: Denver 106-109 Dallas, Denver 100-99 Dallas, Dallas 104-114 Denver, Denver 126-118 Dallas

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