The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips as Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks try to keep in touch with the front-runners in their respective conferences.
11:30 (AEST), Sat 17th Apr @ American Airlines Center
History: Played 79: Mavericks 42 V Knicks 37
Last meeting: April 2, 2021: Mavericks 99 V Knicks 86 at Madison Square Garden
Final Thoughts: Dallas Mavericks will continue their push for a top-six berth against a New York Knicks side on a four-game winning streak.
The 30-24 Mavericks are seventh in the West. After losing three of their previous four, the Mavs edged the Grizzlies 114-113 in Memphis in their last outing.
Dallas fought back from five points down at three-quarter time, with Luka Doncic (29 pts, 9 ast) sinking a ridiculous off-balance three on the buzzer to win the game. Kristaps Porzingis (21 pts, 6 reb) also made a solid contribution.
The wind appeared to have gone out of the Knicks’ surprise-packet run, losing 9 of their first 15 games after the All-Star Break.
But the New Yorkers – sixth in the East – have improved to 29-27 with wins over the Grizzlies (133-129 in OT), Raptors (102-96), Lakers (111-96) and Pelicans (116-106) in the past week.
Julius Randle (32 pts, 8 reb) outduelled Zion Williamson to lead the win in New Orleans, continuing his outstanding season. Alec Burks has also proven a valuable sharpshooter off the bench for the Knicks and racked up 21 points and seven rebounds against the Pels.
Mavericks aim for season sweep
The fast-finishing Mavs chalked up a 99-86 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden earlier this month. Doncic led the way with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while Jalen Brunson (15 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast) was handy off the bench.
But the Knicks have won their last three in Dallas.
The Mavs are a modest 13-12 at home (10-15 against the line). The Knicks are just 12-17 on the road, but are 18-11 against the spread as the away team.
Dallas boast the better, deeper team, headlined one of the NBA’s elite in Doncic. But Randle and his unheralded support cast are in great touch and shape as a good option with a bit of a start.
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