Basketball. NBA. Regular season
Brooklyn Nets vs Dallas Mavericks
Barclays Cente (New York)
28.10.2022. 02:30 (UTC+3)
Brooklyn has only one win so far in the regular season, and even in their home game against Dallas, the Nets are not considered favorites. Will they be able to win their 2nd consecutive game on their home court?Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
The Nets have lost three of their four regular-season starts, but there is plenty of reason for optimism. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are still among the best players in the league, and the Brooklyn stars have strong partners. They need Joe Harris to get in shape and Markieff Morris, T.J. Warren and Seth Curry to return from the infirmary, and then the club from New York can reach its full potential. Nicolas Claxton has earned the role of starting center, although Steve Nash has options here as well. Ben Simmons, Royce O'Neale and even Kevin Durant can play in the starting five, but for now the coach is avoiding any bold experiments and is even tweaking young Day'ron Sharpe.
Less than 24 hours ago, Steve Nash's team faced Dallas on the road and lost 99-110. Irving and Durant shot less than 50 percent from the field, but still combined for 60 points. Brooklyn lost the battle on the court and their defense under the basket left much to be desired as well. Only Royce O'Neale made three-pointers, while Irving, Durant and Harris combined for three of their 14 attempts. Claxton wasn't very visible this time, while Simmons and O'Neale also missed a lot of field-goal attempts.
The Mavericks had a good defense last season, but it's not so easy to get the game going right now. Newcomer Christian Wood is not playing like a model on his side of the court, and there are question marks for Dallas starting center JaVale McGee as well. Jalen Brunson, who left in the summer, also played an important role on defense and is not easy to replace. Tim Hardaway is out of shape, and he missed the Mavericks' last game due to injury. All the same, the Texans had a good chance to win 3 out of 3 regular-season games: They were behind by just 2 points twice in the final score. As for the roster losses, in addition to Hardaway, Frank Ntilikina and Davis Bertans are in the sickbay.
Jason Kidd's squad lost to New Orleans 111-111 in their last regular season game. Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie and Christian Wood combined for 83 points, but the Rockets were a bit shaky. There were a lot of misses from beyond the arc by Facundo Campazzo and Reggie Bullock, and there are also questions about Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber's offensive efficiency. McGee, while ranked 4th on the team in scoring, allowed too much to his opponents under the basket and could do nothing against Jonas Valanciunas.
Brooklyn has lost three of the last four home games. According to this trend, Dallas’ win including overtime for 1.68 at Bet365 looks interesting.
The Mavericks have scored 110+ points in 3 of the last 5 games, so maybe we should bet on Dallas ITO (114.5) points for 1.90 at Bet365.
Expert Betting Tips
Dallas looked very weak against New Orleans, and this despite the fact that the opponent did not play Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Herbert Jones. Brooklyn's defense looked even better than the Mavericks', and the home team's effort was undeniable. The Nets have to do without one of their best shooters, but they can make up for the absence of Curry with solid defense in a given game. Perhaps Claxton and Simmons will prove to be more effective, as they should have more space in the paint right now. Our prediction for the upcoming match:
- H1 (+3.5) for 1.908;
- W1 (incl. OT) for 2.25;
- TU (225.5) for 1.90.
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