Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs 01/16/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting

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In a Southwest Division battle tonight, the Dallas Mavericks (20-23) host the San Antonio Spurs (25-20) in the latest matchup of the rival franchises.

Both teams enter tonight’s game on losses and would love to pick up a win over their rival. Dallas lost their last game and has won just four of their last 10 games. The Spurs, who had been on quite the run, seem to have taken a few steps back lately. They have lost their last two and have won six of their last 10 games.

The Mavs and Spurs last played on October 29, with the Spurs winning the first game of the 2018-19 regular season series 113-108 in overtime. DeMar DeRozan led his new franchise with 34 points and nine assists, while San Antonio got their first look at just how good rookie Luka Doncic is as he put up 31 points.

TV Schedule

Date: 01/16/98
Time: 8:30pm ET
Arena: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Channel: FSSW-SA, FSSW-DAL

Dallas Mavericks Starting Lineup

PositionStarter
PGJalen Brunson
SGLuka Doncic
SFTim Hardaway Jr.
PFDorian Finney-Smith
CMaxi Kleber

Mavericks Analysis

Dallas MavericksThe Dallas Mavericks have played well at the American Airlines Center this season with a 16-5 home record, and they’ll hope to continue that trend tonight.

The Golden State Warriors halted Dallas’ two-game win streak with a 119-114 win on Sunday. The Mavs could not solve the puzzle that is long-range bomber Stephen Curry, who scored 48 points against them.

The Mavericks have shifted their lineups lately, but the one constant has been rookie Luka Doncic. While he struggled with his shot against Golden State, he still led the Mavs with 26 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

At one point, it looked like the Mavs had a very promising young backcourt of Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr., but it doesn’t appear Smith is long for Dallas. Several reports have surfaced about trade rumors and some believe Smith has become disgruntled. A Doncic/Smith backcourt tandem really made it seem like the Mavs were in a position for some success for years to come, but that has all unraveled now and there are more question marks now than ever, especially as the franchise’s greatest player is playing limited minutes in his final season.

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San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

PositionStarter
PGDerrick White
SGBryn Forbes
SFDeMar DeRozan
PFLaMarcus Aldridge
CJakob Poeltl

Spurs Analysis

San Antonio SpursRecently all the talk surrounding the San Antonio Spurs was about the team turning the corner. But they have now lost three of their last four as they hang onto a low playoff seed in the West.

Following up a five-game streak with a 1-3 record where that one win came in overtime has also seemed to coincide with DeMar DeRozan struggling on offense. It took LaMarcus scoring 54 points to escape in double OT, but Aldridge is no James Harden and the Spurs can’t lean on him that heavily.

While on the surface, most of DeRozan’s numbers look fine, when you dig deeper, you’ll notice that he is shooting right around the 35 percent mark from the field in the last four games, and he hasn’t attempted a three-pointer in 2019, so those aren’t affecting his numbers. He’s still been the Spurs’ best playmaker and is among rebound leaders for the team, but the Spurs desperately need DeRozan to start finding range on his mid-range shots again.

Aldridge and Derrick White have been consistent lately, but they’ll need more from DeRozan offensively, and they should have Rudy Gay back to help in that department as well.

Spurs Quick Links: Spurs Starting Lineup, Spurs Roster, Spurs Depth Chart, Spurs Injuries, Spurs News, Spurs Schedule

Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs Betting Odds

The Spurs are slight one-point betting favorites for tonight’s road game in Dallas. The over/under is 217 points and the Spurs are -115 on the moneyline.

San Antonio is 7-14 on the road and 15-8 as the favorite. Dallas is 16-5 at home, as discussed earlier, and are 10-17 as the underdog.

Odds & Line Movement Links: Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs, Vegas Odds (All NBA Games Today)

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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks

DeMar DeRozan ($8.5k) and Luka Doncic ($8.7k) are fantasy studs tonight. While DeRozan’s shooting has been off lately, he’s still getting points, assist and rebounds regularly and continues to be a leader in those categories. FanDuel has him slated for 39.71 points. Doncic is projected for 41.85 points.

Derrick White (6.1k) and DeAndre Jordan ($7.2k) are fantasy values for this matchup. White has continued to play well for the Spurs and FanDuel has him projected for 27.27 points, while Jordan is projected for 33.67 points.

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Michael is Chief Editor at Lineups.com. He has decades of combined experience in traditional print journalism and online media and is the publisher of the Project Spurs Network, which includes 13 team-specific sports media sites and the flagship ProjectSpurs.com. He is also the creator of the first Spurs podcast and the longest-running sports podcast on the internet, the Spurscast, and was formerly the host of the News 4 San Antonio Sports Roundtable.

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