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.
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.
“We’re giving out 10 days… Wanna come back?” – Coach Kidd 😂 pic.twitter.com/B1DZchZ9rb
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) January 6, 2022
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 Mavericks vs New York Knicks Game Information
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 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.