New York Knicks versus Dallas Mavericks NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

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Once the NFL wildcard weekend draws to its conclusion on Sunday night January 5th the NBA takes center stage in the evening time over national television as the New York Knicks are on the road to face the Dallas Mavericks from pro basketball action. The Knicks and Mavericks will get things started from Dallas at 9:30PM Eastern Time and NBA TV will provide the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home side Dallas Mavericks favored by -6 ½ points with a total set at 201 ½ points. Those who play on Dallas on the money line will lay -270 odds with the return on New York at +230 odds on the money line.

It’s been a disappointing year for the New York Knicks as they enter play with a bad 10-22 record this season. They are 4-12 at home and 6-10 on the highway. The team has been hit with injuries at various points this season. The losses really piled up when center Tyson Chandler went down for a significant time early in the season with a knee ailment. They lost their force on defense in the low post and it took a heavy toll on the team. Carmelo Anthony missed some games and it cost the club victories. Their latest casualty is an injury to point guard Raymond Felton who will be missing his sixth game with a hamstring problem. Another defensive stalwart Metta World Peace has missed several games this year. His latest problem is dealing with a knee injury that cost him to miss now seven of his past eight games. As a result the Knicks have struggled on both ends of the court. They are 25th in shooting percentage and 26th in field goal defense. Dallas enters play with a mark of 19-14 and is 11-5 in front of the home folks. The Mavericks got a shot in the arm in the 2013-2014 season by adding shooter Monta Ellis to their team. Ellis is averaging 20 points per game and is shooting at an acceptable 45.5% clip.

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