At 8:30 ET, the 5th place Knicks (-182) will visit the 7th place Mavericks (+150) at American Airlines Center. The Knicks (22-15) have won five straight games and are favored by 4.5 points over the Mavs (22-16).

This non-conference matchup will be broadcast on BSSW.


The Pick: Dallas Mavericks +4.5

This game will be played at American Airlines Center at 8:30 ET on Thursday, January 11th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-114 in favor of the Mavericks.
  • Our projections have Kyrie Irving finishing with Kyrie Irving points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Mavericks finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.0% and knocking down 13 threes.

Will New York Pull Through as the Favored Road Team?

The Knicks are 22-15 this season and have won five straight games. In the Eastern Conference, they are in 5th place and 3rd in the Atlantic Division. Today, they are on the road and are 4.5-point favorites.

When looking at their overall record, the Knicks have been the favorite in 19 of their 37 games. As the favorite, they have a record of 15-4 straight up and 13-6 ATS. As the favorite, their average scoring margin is +11.1 PPG.

Against the spread, the Knicks have covered in five straight games. Their O/U record for the season is 17-19-1, and the under has hit in each of their last five games. This year, 30 of their games have had lower O/U lines than 233.5.

New York's last game was a 112-84 win over the Trail Blazers. They were 12.5-point favorites going into the game, and their win gave them an ATS win by 28 points. The game's final total of 196 was well below the O/U line of 230.

The Knicks are currently 13th in the league in scoring, averaging 115.7 points per game. However, they are just 21st in scoring at home, compared to 12th on the road. So far this season, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in 54.1% of their games.

When it comes to pace, the Knicks are 27th in the league, averaging 97 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 21st at 46%. However, they are 9th in the league in three-point shooting at 37%.

So far this season, the Knicks are 5th in offensive rebounds but just 28th in assists. They are also 7th in the NBA in free throw attempts per game, making an average of 19.1 per contest.

This season, the Knicks defense has been impressive, holding the 7th position in the league while permitting an average of 111.7 points per contest. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Knicks are forcing 12.6 per game, which is 11th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 29th in blocked shots at 3.5 per game.

Can the Mavericks Secure a Win at Home?

So far this season, the Mavericks have been the underdog in 14 of their 38 games. As the underdog, they have an average scoring differential of -5.9 points per game. At home, the Mavericks have gone 9-10 ATS, and they are 5-9 straight-up as the underdog.

Dallas is currently 22-16 overall and is in 2nd place in the Southwest Division. In the Western Conference, they are in 7th place. In non-conference games, the Mavericks are 5-3 compared to 17-13 in the West.

For the season, the Mavericks have an O/U record of 22-16. In their last two games, the final score has been lower than the over/under line. This year, 22 of their games have had higher over/under lines than 233.5.

In their most recent game, the Mavericks lost to the Grizzlies by a score of 120-103. Going into the game, they were 9.5-point favorites. This loss dropped their ATS record to 21-17 for the season.

This season, the Mavericks are averaging 118.6 points per game, which is 7th in the league. At home, they are scoring 120.7 points per game compared to 116.4 on the road. So far, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in 57.9% of their games.

Dallas is one of the top three-point shooting teams in the league, making an average of 15.1 threes per game. However, their three-point shooting percentage is just 36% (15th).

When it comes to two-point shooting, the Mavericks are 11th in the league at 55%. Overall, they are 16th in field goal percentage. In terms of pace, Dallas is 9th in the NBA at 100.1 possessions per game.

So far, the Mavericks' defense is ranked 20th in the league at 116.9 points per contest. Dallas' defense is currently forcing 11.7 turnovers per game, which is 2nd in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 24th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.6 rejections per game.