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Knicks Await Surging Mavericks

We’ve got a good one as two surging teams do battle with the New York Knicks playing host to the Dallas Mavericks. The Knicks will be dangerous underdogs on the NBA betting odds as they put what has been a stellar record at home in recent games against the red-hot Mavericks. Find the latest news, stats, and injury reports here.

Dallas Mavericks (22-18) vs New York Knicks (20-21)

Knicks Finding Groove at Home

The New York Knicks are far from recapturing their form from last season. Their defense is still anemic, their offense is stale, and they are battling a constant stream of injuries. But, at least they are finally winning at home.

Knicks Defend MSG Against Rising Mavericks
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After starting the season with a 5-10 record at home, the Knicks have won five of their last six at Madison Square Garden. Sure, the Knicks have beaten some sub-.500 teams but they covered on all these wins. New York finished near the top 10 in net rating and fifth in both rebounding and turnover percentage.

The takeaway? The Knicks are dominating against non-playoff teams. But that is a confidence-booster at least and New York may finally be respectable enough for online sports betting.

Mavericks’ Defense Elite

Dallas will take New York’s home resurgence and raise it with a six-game winning streak. Better yet, the Mavericks beat the likes of Golden State, Chicago and Denver, holding each team under 100 points. Heck, Dallas held Golden State and Steph Curry to a season-low 82 points.

The Mavericks posted a 96.7 defensive rating in this stretch and have improved to the sixth-best in the NBA overall at 107.1. Despite Luka Doncic going in and out of the lineup and the offense only ranking 24th in points, Dallas is getting it done with defense.

This approach harkens back to the days when the Mavericks won the NBA title with some guy called “Dirk.” The 107.1 rating is Dallas’s best in the Doncic era and the best since the 2015-16 season.

Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks Head to Head


Dallas Stat New York
4-6 Record 6-4
4-6-0 Point Spread 6-4-0
2-8-0 Over/Under 2-8-0
101.9 Average Score 100.8
52.5 Half Time 52.7

Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks Game Information

Date: Wednesday

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Madison Square Garden

Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks Betting Lines


Dallas New York
-135 Moneyline +115


Point Spread +2½




Total 204½


Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks Prediction

One would think that if Dallas can shut down Chicago and Golden State, it can do the same to the Knicks’ 23rd-ranked offense. Even if the Mavericks can’t quite put the brakes on New York, they will still have the best player on the court in Doncic.

The Mavericks are 3-1 in their last four visits to the Garden. New York will still be without Derrick Rose and potentially Kemba Walker. If the Knicks are to find a way to squeeze this one out, they will have to contain Dallas, and its defense hasn’t been quite the same. Dallas wins.

Pick: Dallas Mavericks -2½

Betting online on the under seems like the obvious play for the total, with the last five games in New York between these teams going under. The glacial pace, on-and-off offenses and elite Mavericks’ defense should keep this one low scoring.

Pick: Under 204½

Parlay: Mavericks -2½ and Under 204½ (+264)

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