Tied for the final spot in our list of favourites (according to their NBA Championship betting odds) we find the Dallas Mavericks odds at…
Western Conference. (NBA odds = 21.00, NBA Western Conference odds = 18.00)
After a straight-down-the-middle kind of season last year The Dallas Mavericks finished in 5th place in The Western Conference and 8th overall in the NBA. Let’s take a closer look at their per-game numbers and see what they can tell us about their performances.
They topped the stats in 1 key category.
Lowest number of turnovers (12)
Being reliable with the ball is crucial and turnovers are a good indicator of that. The Dallas Mavericks keep the ball well when they have it but do not impress at winning the ball back when not in possession. This is evidenced by:
Joint lowest number of steals (6)
Joint lowest number of blocks (4)
Other than that they ran a solid campaign. They had the narrowest winning point margin over their opponents (2) of any team in this list. On the flip side of that, they also prevented their opposition from performing well in any particular area. Thwarting your opponents and making life difficult rather than blowing them away is a legitimate tactic (or perhaps just a necessity) and can be effective to a point, but can it take them any further?
AT A GLANCE
Better than their opponents in:
PTS, FG, FG%, 2P%, 3PA, 3P, FT%, TOV, PF*
Worse than their opponents in:
2PA, 3P%, FTA, TRB, ORB, STL,
Level with their opponents in:
FGA, 2P, DRB, AST, BLK
The Dallas Mavericks ended up with no top 60 picks in this years’ Draft.
Although he didn’t take the honour in the end, the MVP betting odds had him as the runaway favourite this year – a crucial player for The Dallas Mavericks:
Luka Dončić #77 forward guard
At 22 years of age, the big Slovenian scored 46 points, 14 assists, and 7 rebounds in just 45 minutes of one recent game. He is a game-changing level scorer who also consistently contributes heavily in general play. Dončić tops the list for assists but is a little turnover and foul heavy. If he can reign those in and push on he will be an invaluable asset for The Dallas Mavericks and a nightmare for many opposing teams this season.
WILL THE MAVERICKS NEED TO TAKE ANY RISKS THIS SEASON?
After finishing 5th in the Western Conference, and 8th in the NBA overall last season The Dallas Mavericks have some hard work to do this time around if they are to progress.
With Dončić in form, they can expect to score well every game, but with no picks in The Draft they are really going to have to rely on their experienced players to go the extra distance effort-wise. They’re going to need to find that x-factor if they really want to push the top teams all the way. The market does not have much confidence in their ability to do so. Although they match 2 other teams with their NBA odds, their NBA Western Conference odds are the longest of any team here by quite a stretch.
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