The Dallas Mavericks are in playoff position at 6-4 and forward Luka Doncic is having a stellar sophomore campaign. NBA betting odds for Dallas’ Thursday night game against the New York Knicks expect Doncic to continue to propel the Mavericks to success.
Although the lines don’t predict a blowout for Dallas, the odds at New Jersey sportsbooks favor them across the board.
That doesn’t mean there’s zero opportunity to make some money on the Knicks tonight, however.
Mavericks vs. Knicks odds at NJ sportsbooks
Tonight’s game, which is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. ET on TNT, carries a few interesting storylines.
Can Doncic build on his 28.3 points per game average, which is good for fifth in the NBA right now, against New York?
New Jersey sportsbooks expect the Mavericks to get the win whether Doncic has a career night or not. The following odds are accurate as of 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 14.
|DraftKings||DAL -8 (-110)|
NY +8 (-110)
|O 215 -112|
U 215 -109
|FanDuel||DAL -7.5 (-110)|
NY +7.5 (-110)
|O 215 -110|
U 215 -110
|PointsBet||DAL -7.5 (-105)|
NY +7.5 (-105)
|O 214.5 -110|
U 214.5 -110
FanDuel and PointsBet have several prop bets involving Doncic. For instance, FanDuel offers odds of +430 on Doncic scoring the game’s first point, and PointsBet has a parlay of the Mavs to win and Doncic to go over 26.5 points with a line of +130.
PointsBet offers a similar parlay on Dallas winning and Knicks rookie RJ Barrett going over 15.5 points that would pay out +158. Barrett is +1400 to lead all scorers during the game on FanDuel.
Looking at the matchups, the parlay on a Mavs win but Barrett having a good night nonetheless is attractive. Dallas hasn’t necessarily been a defensive stalwart so far this season.
Breaking down Thursday’s matchup: Mavs vs. Knicks
The Knicks have dropped seven of their last 10 home games against the Mavericks, including the last two. That streak is likely to extend to three on Thursday.
This will be the fifth home game of the season for New York. The Knicks are 1-3 in Madison Square Garden so far this season.
Dallas has played five road games in 2019-20 to this point and played the spoiler in four of those instances. Their only road loss to date came on Monday in Boston.
On the injury front, the Knicks expect to be without guards Reggie Bullock and Elfrid Payton along with center Mitchell Robinson. No Dallas players are listed on the injury report for Thursday.
Dallas comes into the game fifth in the league in rebounds per game. The Mavericks also currently rank second in offensive rating.
Much of that offensive success is because of Dallas’ depth. In terms of bench net rating, no team in the NBA tops the Mavericks right now.
Why Barrett is a good bet for Thursday
Dallas ranks just 20th in defensive rating, however. Only four teams in the league have a lower turnover percentage than the Mavericks.
That all points toward a good possibility that Barrett could surpass 15.5 points despite ending up on the losing side of this game. The forward is coming in averaging 16 through his first 11 games in the NBA.
Unless Barrett has the game of his life, however, this game will likely end in the Mavericks’ seventh win of the season. The battle between Barrett and Doncic could be worth the price of admission regardless of the final score.