In the final game to tip-off on ESPN Friday night, the New York Knicks will be taking on the Dallas Mavericks at 9:30 p.m. ET. The last time these two teams played each other, Dallas defeated New York 99-86 at Madison Square Garden a couple of weeks ago.
The Knicks are coming into this contest on a four-game winning streak after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 116-106 on Wednesday. Surprisingly, New York has only won two out of its last five road games, but have a record of 5-5 in their last 10.
The Mavs snapped their mini two-game losing streak, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 114-113 on Wednesday night. Dallas won on a miraculous game-winning three-point shot by All-Star point guard Luka Doncic. Friday night’s game against the Knicks is part of a five-game homestand that will end with back-to-back games versus the Lakers. Dallas has a record of 7-3 in their last 10 games.
Can the Knicks extend their winning streak for one more game? Or will Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis sweep the season series? We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.
Pick ATS: Knicks +6
The line for Friday night’s game is currently set at six points, with the Mavs being favored at home. Aforementioned, the Knicks have not played well on the road lately, but are playing good basketball right at this moment. Over the course of their four-game win streak, they are averaging 115.5 points per game, while only holding opposing teams to 106.7 points per game.
This season, the Knicks are a surprising 18-11 against the spread on the road. They are also a perfect 7-0 ATS, which can be attributed to the outstanding play from Julius Randle and RJ Barrett. Furthermore, New York has a stellar record ATS on the road at 8-1 in their last nine games. The Knicks won’t have Alec Burks, who is out due to health and safety protocols, but could have Nerlens Noel, who is listed as probable with an ankle injury.
As for the Mavericks, they have not fared well against the spread, with a record of 1-4 in their last five games. This almost coincides with their overall home record ATS, which is currently at 10-15. If Dallas wants to change its fortunes at home, it starts on the defensive end of the floor. In the Mavericks’ last game against the Knicks, they held New York to only 36% shooting from the field and held Barrett to only eight points. The duo of Porzingis and Doncic outscored Randle and Barrett by 18 points.
Player Prop: Reggie Bullock O2.5 3-pointers made (+104)
The last time these two teams played each other, Bullock was the third-leading scorer with 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field and 4-of-9 from three-point range. This season, the veteran wing player is averaging 9.9 points per game and shooting 42.9% from the field and 39.9% from behind the arc on 5.6 attempts per game.
With the Knicks not having Burks due to health and safety protocols, they will need Bullock to give them a consistent threat from the perimeter. In New York’s last five games, the 30-year-old wing player is shooting 36.1% from distance on 7.2 attempts per game. He has gone over 2.5 threes made in two out of the last five contests. Meanwhile, in the Knicks’ last 10 games, Bullock has gone over 2.5 three-pointers made five times. Additionally, the Mavericks are allowing teams to shoot 38.4% from distance in their last three games.
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