Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks Spread and Predictions

Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks Betting Preview

The Dallas Mavericks were stunned as a 10-point favorite last night by the lowly Houston Rockets. Were the Mavericks caught looking ahead to tonight’s game against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks? Dallas is a -1.5 home favorite over Milwaukee with the total sitting at 226.5 points. The Gold Sheet offers their NBA predictions for Thursday’s inter-conference showdown between the Mavericks and Bucks.

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Last night we saw a vintage performance from John Wall coupled with a poor shooting night (9-26 overall; 1-9 on treys) from Luka Doncic. which gave Houston a (very) rare victory. Let’s assume the Mavs were looking past the Rockets to this game with Eastern power Bucks. Milwaukee slipped by Dallas in first meeting, taking a 112-109 decision, blowing almost all of a 14-point lead to hang on in the end as the Mavs missed a couple of go-ahead 3-point attempts in the last 21 seconds. Poor Buck FT shooting helped the Dallas cause (Giannis was 1-for-10 from the charity stripe!), but Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis had 13 rebounds off the bench giving his side a solid edge on the boards in that one.

This time around the Bucks aren’t really in what you’d call fine form, as they’ve compiled a dismal 9-17 spread mark over the past two months and just 3-4 straight-up over the past 7 games. That loss in Milwaukee triggered a 3-10 slide for Dallas, but the Mavs have turned things around over the last five weeks, with a 13-5 mark since Feb. 25, including five wins on the trot coming into this one.

The Mavericks, who rank 15th defensively on the season, are ranked 3rd in that department and 2nd in net efficiency in the current streak. Dallas is just 3-6 vs. the points when unrested, but Houston is not a long trip and the loss provides motivation (provided Doncic’ poor performance and negative posture toward the end of the game was frustration and not a sign something is wrong with him physically).

Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks Spread and Predictions

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