Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs
Tip-off: Thursday, March 14, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
YouWager experts consider that the San Antonio Spurs are doing fine without Tony Parker and still occupy the top position in the Western Conference. However, particular results lately versus mediocre teams indicate that spot is not safe at all.
San Antonio would like to work on some problems and welcome back their starting forwards as tonight they look for a first season sweep of the visiting Dallas Mavericks in 15 years.
The Spurs (49-16) have won four in a row in the series and eight of 10 but hasn’t won all four NBA games in a season since 1997-98.
San Antonio won this season’s three meetings by an average of 23.0 points, but right now they’re not the team that was responsible for those blowouts. It initially appeared as though the Spurs would go through it without Parker, winning the first two games without him by a combined 57 points after he sprained his ankle March 1.
Since those wins, they’ve also accomplished a victory versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday with defeats to sub-.500 teams Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves by a total of 54 points.
The Spurs is still slightly ahead of Oklahoma City for the West’s top seed, however that spot is now looking less than secure with Parker still expected to miss a few more weeks along with Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard battling sore knees.
Dirk Nowitzki has helped the Mavs match a season high with four consecutive wins, averaging 17.3 points on 51.8 percent shooting and 8.0 rebounds.
Dallas (30-33) hopes their recent push isn’t coming too late as they seek a 13th straight NBA playoff appearance, but they remain 10th in the West.
Vince Carter has totaled 45 points over the last two games as the Mavericks improved to 8-2 when he scores at least 20. Carter has shot 56.7 percent from the field in the past six games, including 10 for 13 from 3-point range over the last three.
The Spurs hit 51.4 percent of its 3-pointers in those games while averaging 27.7 assists, however according to tonight’s NBA point spread Parker played in all three.