Texas teams with much work to do this offseason clash on Sunday when the San Antonio Spurs take on the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs will finish with one of the worst records in the NBA, while the Mavericks appear to have simply given up. With a chance to make the playoffs, Mark Cuban’s braintrust decided instead to rest four starters and pull Luka Doncic in the second quarter. They still almost beat the Bulls, but in the end, the Mavs successfully tanked another season. Don’t believe me? Watch the owner’s reaction to the Mavs almost winning the game alongside a smiling Kyrie Irving.
Mark Cuban after Mavs missed game tying shot to miss the playoffs pic.twitter.com/jvA6R8yTWc
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 8, 2023
Now we get the displeasure of suffering through a game between a team that can’t win and a team that doesn’t want to. Despite rolling over and playing dead, the Mavericks are favored on the NBA odds board over the pathetic Spurs.
Spurs 2-13 vs. Southwest Division
There is so much to dislike about the Spurs that I almost feel bad for kicking them while they’re down. But this is my last chance before the season ends, so buckle up.
The Spurs could still finish with the worst record in the West if they lose and the Houston Rockets win their finale. San Antonio is a mess all around, but especially on the road. With a 7-33 record in away games, they have the worst record in the NBA and are one of four teams with fewer than10 road wins.
San Antonio was equally ineffective against the spread (ATS), with the third-worst record in the NBA at 32-18. They are a risky team to bet online on the road, with a 13-27 record and a return on investment (ROI) of 37.95%.
As if all of the above wasn’t bad enough, the Spurs go from risky to impossible sports bet to make with most of their starting lineup out. Seven players were added to the injury report since Thursday, with five out for the rest of the season.
Mavs Wave the White Flag
The Mavericks may have a better record than the Spurs, but the end of their season is arguably more painful to watch. I hate when teams openly give up, and the Mavs under Cuban has done it several times before. He was fined for boasting about it a few years back.
The Mavericks have shut down their entire starting lineup, and there is no reason to expect any of them to suit up on Sunday. Irving, Tim Hardaway Kr. Maxi Kleber, Christian Wood, and Josh Green sat on Friday while Doncic played less than a half. I’ve seen no official word on their status for Sunday, but it’s reasonable to assume that the team is shutting down their starters.
Against most other teams, I’d fade Denver, but the Mavs backups played with intensity on Friday and almost beat the Bulls. Considering the Spurs are also without many starters and far inferior to Chicago, the Mavs are a good bet with profitable NBA lines for Sunday.
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Spurs vs Mavericks Head-to-Head
The Mavericks haven’t lost to the Spurs since the 2020 season and are 2-1 ATS this season as favorites on the NBA betting lines. The Over/Under is 5-0 in the previous five matchups.
Spurs vs Mavericks Game Information
- Game: Spurs (21-60) vs Mavericks (38-43)
- Location American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
- Day/Time: Sunday, April 9, 2:30 p.m. ET
- Spurs vs Mavericks Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Spurs vs Mavericks Picks & Prediction
The Mavs may not care to win this game, but the Spurs are nearly incapable of beating anybody. On top of all the other negatives to adding the Spurs to our NBA picks on Sunday, they are on the second half of a back-to-back.
As bad as the Mavs are against the spread and their choice to give up on the playoffs, Dallas’ reserves should make short work of the Spurs.
The San Antonio Spurs are listed at +145 in our Vegas NBA lines. If you wager $100 on the Spurs, you can win $145. The Dallas Mavericks are -165, offering a chance to win $61 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Spurs a 40.82% chance to win, with the Mavericks at 62.26%.
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Mavericks vs Spurs Previous Game (Mar 15, 2023)
NBA picks involving the Mavericks aren’t looking too pretty at the moment. The team hasn’t been looking good of late, and beyond just dealing with injuries, the rotations haven’t worked, and the losses have piled up since making the big trade with the Brooklyn Nets.
Any single NBA bet slip trusting Dallas might not look like the smartest thing to put out there right now. Nevertheless, this is a must-win for the Mavericks as they take on a Spurs team that is lottery bound.