Thursday NBA odds: Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs

The are making a push for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot as Dallas puts a four-game winning streak on the line Thursday night at San Antonio, which opened as an 8-point favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.

Dallas’ winning streak is its longest of the season and the Mavs are three back of the No. 8 spot entering Wednesday’s NBA action. The Mavs won at Milwaukee 115-108 on Tuesday, their fifth straight game with at least 100 points. Dallas trailed 35-28 after one quarter but used a 15-0 run to spark their comeback. They outscored Milwaukee 35-20 in the second quarter. Sixth man Vince Carter hit three key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 23 points off the bench. In the past six games, five of which Dallas has won, Carter is averaging 17.2 points while shooting 55.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points, 17 in the first half, and 11 rebounds, while O.J. Mayo had 14 points. Mavericks rookie and former Marquette star Jae Crowder, last year’s Big East player of the year, was one off his career high with 14 points. Mike James put up season highs in points (13), assists (7) and rebounds (6) as the Mavs improved to 4-0 with him in the starting lineup. Crowder started for injured Mavs forward Shawn Marion, who has missed the past three games with a calf injury and will miss this one. Marion is scheduled to be re-evaluated Friday morning by the team doctor.

San Antonio was stunned 107-83 at Minnesota on Tuesday, but that wasn’t all that surprising as the Spurs played and won a big game against Oklahoma City the night before and Coach Gregg Popovich left starters Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard home for the Minnesota game. Both should return for this one. Stephen Jackson had 14 points and Danny Green 10 for the Spurs. San Antonio turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 30 points for Minnesota, and shot just 35.4 percent. The Spurs scored only 55 points on 29 percent shooting after the first quarter.

The Spurs go for the season sweep in this one. They won the first meeting 129-91 in San Antonio on 12/23. The Spurs set a franchise record with 20 three-pointers and had a season-high 17 steals. Nowitzki made his season debut for Dallas off knee surgery and tallied 8 points and 6 rebounds. The Spurs the second tilt at Dallas 111-86 on 12/30 as the Mavs were 1-for-16 from 3-point range. San Antonio won the third meeting 113-107 at Dallas on 1/23. Tony Parker leads the Spurs averaging 20.7 points and 8.3 assists in three games, but he’s out at least another week with an ankle injury. San Antonio leads the all-time series 91-64 and is 51-26 in games played in the Alamo City.

WagerWeb.com trends: Mavericks are 17-4 ATS in their last 21 vs. Western Conference. Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Spurs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. Spurs are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in San Antonio. Mavericks are 3-12-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings. Mavericks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in San Antonio.

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