Denver (25-11 SU, 15-18-3 ATS) visits Dallas (23-13 SU, 19-16-1 ATS) tonight in a rematch of an October 29th home game which they lost 109-106 as 5-point favorites in a game that went over the total of 212.5. The game against Dallas is the last of a five-game road trip for the Nuggets in which they have gone 2-2 SU. They covered in the two wins but did not cover in the two losses.
The Nuggets’ 7-foot center Nikola Jokic has had seven triple-doubles this season. Jokic is an excellent passer and has been frequently criticized this season for not shooting enough when he has open looks. In Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks he scored a career-high 47 points with four three pointers, while shooting 16 of 25 from the field, demonstrating that he is more than capable of scoring when his team needs it.
All five starters for Denver are capable of putting up big offensive numbers and they also have guys coming off of the bench who are capable scorers. Denver wing Will Barton chipped in a season-high 28 points and 9 rebounds while shooting 12 of 20 from the field to add offensive support against the Hawks. Monte Morris scored 16 points off of the bench.
Dallas’ 7’3” forward Kristaps Porzingis has missed four straight games with soreness in his right knee. The Mavericks are 1-2-1 in the four games that he has sat out. He hopes to be able to return to action in tonight’s game against the Nuggets.
Twenty-year-old superstar Luka Doncic keeps terrorizing opponents on both ends of the floor. In Saturday’s 118-110 home victory over the Chicago Bulls he had 38 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. That was his second consecutive 30-point triple-double and ninth of the season. He has eleven triple-doubles overall. The 228 points went over the total of 217.5.
In the October 29th victory the Mavericks had nine players score in double-digits to tie a franchise record.
For tonight’s matchup Dallas opened as a 1 ½ point favorite with a total of 218.
The game will be televised on ESPN starting at 7:35 ET.