User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Mavs make a move!
Are Mavs now Lakers’ main threat?

Don’t look now, but the streaking Dallas Mavericks are second in the West entering play Tuesday thanks to an impressive eight-game winning streak (5-2-1 ATS; with seven of the eight wins over playoff contenders), and it appears that Dallas has passed the Denver Nuggets both literally and figuratively as the top threat to the L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference.

The trade of Josh Howard to Washington for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson has completely changed the Mavericks. Butler is a better player than Howard on both ends of the floor, while Haywood has more than helped fill the void when center Erick Dampier went down with an injury. Stevenson hasn’t done much (he’s OK on defense) but he wasn’t awful filling in for Butler for a few games when Butler had a bad reaction to medication.

Advertisement
The pre-trade Mavs depended largely on Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry to have big scoring games – and they still are scoring. But Butler's midrange game and his ability to drive, and Haywood's ability to catch and finish have basically added areas on the floor from which the Mavs can score from. It sure has opened things up for point guard Jason Kidd, who has turned back the clock of late. The 36-year-old is really benefiting from the extra weapons and is averaging 14.8 points, 11.2 assists, 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals over his last five games. Nowitzki, meanwhile, just had a streak of 30 points or more for three straight games for the first time since February 2008 (he had “only” 27 on Monday to go with 13 rebounds) and was named Western Conference Player of the Week.

Dallas rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to win in Charlotte on Monday for its 20th road victory, which leads the Western Conference (by comparison, Denver is 14-16 away from home). If you can win on the road, you can win the NBA title. And that win can’t be understated because the Mavs didn’t get into Charlotte until about 4 a.m. Monday after a big home win over the Hornets the night before. It was one of those back-to-backs that can catch any team.

And don’t forget that the Mavs beat the Lakers last week in Big D when Butler was out. Dallas the L.A. finished the season series 2-2 if you are looking toward the West Finals.

Because Mark Cuban is never satisfied, he was hoping to load up the roster even more with former Cavs center Zyrdunas Ilgauskas, but Cuban has pretty much been told by the Ilgauskas camp that he is heading back to Cleveland. With Dampier not far from returning, the Mavs say they will stand pat now.

Is Dallas perfect? The Mavs really never blow anyone out and their +2.2 point differential is the lowest of any current West playoff team. But they are also an outstanding 15-5 in contests decided by five points or fewer and have a league-leading 16 wins when trailing at halftime.

This winning streak could get well into double digits. Dallas will certainly be big favorites Wednesday vs. Minnesota and Friday vs. Sacramento. The Mavs might be slight favorites in Chicago on Saturday if the Bulls’ Joakim Noah is out, as expected. And then they have the Timberwolves again (on the road), Knicks and Bulls again (in Dallas) before a potential big game with Boston next Saturday. Now is the time for Dallas to really put some distance between itself and Denver – those two meet for the final time of the regular season on March 29.

  
HEADLINES
News: Game of the Year Odds
News: 2016-17 MVP Betting Odds
News: 2016-17 Rookie Odds
News: Early 2016-17 Prop Odds
D-Wade's loss part of touchy Chicago
Jazz trade Pleiss to 76ers for Marshall
LA Lakers sign No. 2 pick Ingram
City officials declare Kobe Bryant Day
Towns chosen as face of 2K app
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2015 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 3344
Chip Chirimbes + 2359
Kevin Rogers + 2258
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Paul Bovi 59 %
Greg Smith 57 %
Marc Lawrence 55 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 1899
Jimmy Boyd + 1029
Stephen Nover + 839
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2612
Paul Bovi + 1349
NeiltheGreek + 553
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2846
Paul Bovi + 1160
Mark Franco + 1113
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership