The Olympics have passed and the NBA has taken center stage once again in betting circles around the world.
The NBA on Monday night has only five games on its schedule. In one of them, the Dallas Mavericks are on the road against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Mavericks are laying a short price in the game.
In another matchup, the Golden State Warriors head to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Pistons.
The Knicks and high scorer Carmelo Anthony have one of the worst records against the spread at home this season in the NBA.
New York is 21-35 straight up and 23-33 against the spread. They continue their poor play and are burning bankrolls of bettors across the country.
The Knicks have lost 8 of their past 10 games straight up and 7 of their past 10 against the spread. The Knicks are well off the pace to make the playoffs even in the weak Eastern Conference.
Dallas this season is 34-23 SU and 32-35-1 ATS. The Mavericks have given themselves a cushion of two games in the eighth and final playoffs spot in the Western Conference standings.
The Mavericks are 8-2 SU over their past 10 games played and have been one of the best teams at covering the spread in the league.
Dallas is 20-10 ATS on the road, making them one of the best cover teams on the road in the NBA. The Knicks on the other hand are just 10-20 ATS at home, making them one of the league’s worst cover teams at home.
On Bovada and sportsbook.com, the current line has Dallas favored on the road by 3.5 points with the point total sitting on 205.
On January 5, the Knicks won 92-80 in Dallas as 6.5 road dogs, the last time the two teams met. The game finished well UNDER the point total line of 202 on topbet and betonline.
Eight of the past 12 games Dallas has played on the road finished UNDER. The total for tonight’s matchup is higher than the total for the first meeting between the two teams, which was 202 and the teams scored just 172.
The Knicks have one of the slowest paced games in the league. I like the UNDER.
Golden State vs. Detroit
The Golden State Warriors are 34-22 SU and 26-28-2 ATS. The Warriors have won three straight games and have covered in 7 of their past 10 games.
Detroit is 23-33 SU and 25-31 ATS. They have played well at home this season and are 13-18 ATS record at home.
Golden State is 10th in the NBA in scoring. However, they are surprisingly one of the NBA’s best teams on the UNDER. The UNDER has cashed in the past three Warriors games and in 32 of the 56 they have played this season.
The teams played at Golden State back in November with the Warriors winning 113-95, which covered a 9-point spread, while the OVER cashed on a 204.5 line.
The line on this game has not been released, but I like the Warriors and the UNDER.