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The Dallas Mavericks have been off to a strong start out of the gate to the 2019-20 season behind the play of their star forwards. The Mavericks are coming off just edging the Orlando Magic on their home floor, marking their third win in the last four games.
Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies have gone through a bumpy start, dropping five out of their first seven contests. However, they are coming off a strong win over the Minnesota Timberwolves with promising rookie Ja Morant continuing to lead the way.
It sets up a matchup for both teams to grab some early momentum to the season.
Luka Doncic leading the Mavs to successIt has been nothing short of an impressive start to the year for the Mavericks behind their young core leading the way to much early success. They have quickly risen up as one of the top teams in the stacked Western Conference that could be in line to make a strong run back to the playoffs. It has been frontline by the stellar play of Luka Doncic, who has taken yet another significant step forward in his development as he has been one of the most productive players in the league averaging a near triple-double with 26.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 9.1 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the floor through the first seven games of the season.
Luka Dončić is the first #Mavericks player to record 25+ points in 6 of the team’s first 7 games in a single season.— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) November 7, 2019
Per @bball_ref, James Harden (HOU) and Damian Lillard (POR) are the only other @NBA players this season to score 25+ points in at least 6 of their first 7 games. pic.twitter.com/Umdud4ijzo
Doncic has already notched three triple-doubles along with scoring more than 25 points in six out of the first seven contests, which only James Harden and Damian Lillard are the only other players in the league to accomplish that feat this season. He has brought forth much stability to the offense by stepping further into the spotlight as one of the league's best talents in just his second year. Meanwhile, big man Kristaps Porzingis has stepped in smoothly besides him as he's averaging 19.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks while shooting 41.2 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. Porzingis has struggled with his shot as of late, but he has recorded double-digit scoring in every game this season. With the Mavericks finding much offensive success with Doncic leading the charge, it should continue on the road against a struggling Grizzlies team.
Grizzlies hoping to stay on track behind Ja MorantLike the Mavericks, the Grizzlies have the benefit of a young rising star leading the way on the floor offensively behind the play of rookie point guard Ja Morant. He has been the focal point of their game plan on that end of the floor behind his ability to playmake as a scorer and passer through the first couple of weeks of the season. It hasn't resulted in much team success, but has led to some exciting play along the way with him continuing to rack up promising performance. Morant is currently averaging 20.4 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 52.3 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. He has tallied more than 20 points four times while he has remained a highly efficient scoring option on the floor for the Grizzlies that they have been able to depend on both sides of the floor.
However, the lack of consistent success has been evident as the team has struggled to find reliable production behind Morant as he has been their driving force offensively but it has seen players like Jaren Jackson Jr. take a step back with his production as he's averaging just 11.0 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 40.8 percent from the floor and 23.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies are hoping that they can depend on him and Morant to lead the charge offensively with some strong production on a nightly basis and that has only been the latter. If they hope to take a step forward, it will need Jackson Jr. to step it up in the manner that he showed in his rookie campaign. That will also need to be the difference on Saturday night against the Mavericks if they want to keep up with the opposing dynamic duo.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Memphis is 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games playing on zero days rest.
- Memphis is 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning% above .600.
- Memphis is 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning straight up record.
- Dallas is 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 road games.
- Dallas is 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games.
- Dallas is 3-1-1 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a losing home record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although the Grizzlies grabbed an impressive win over the Timberwolves, the Mavericks have proven that they are a team on the rise behind their two star forwards. Memphis has had trouble finding balance with their scoring through the early goings of the season, which will be a big factor against Dallas, wh is averaging 115.3 points per contest. It's a contest that should see the Mavericks cruise to a win on the road.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Mavericks will have the upper hand in this contest, but it has been difficult to trust Grizzlies offense that has had struggles to find consistency behind the play of Morant. That alone should be enough to push this game below the over/under line. It will be a competitive contest, but not one where the scoring is at a constant.