The Denver Nuggets are finally starting to play some basketball. They have won three games in a row and are 9-7 on the year. They take on the 8-8 Dallas Mavericks Monday. The Mavericks beat the Nuggets 124-117 in overtime on January 7, covering the spread as the underdog. The Nuggets will surely be looking for some revenge Monday in Dallas.
Denver scores double OT win over SunsThe Denver Nuggets had been underperforming for most of the season, but they have started to hit their stride. The Nuggets have won their last 3 games and are 9-7 on the year. They are still 3 games behind the Utah Jazz in the division, but they are beginning to play like one of the best teams in the conference, which they have been the last two seasons. The Nuggets have been on an impressive streak, taking two in a row from a very good Phoenix Suns team.
Nikola Jokic in a 2OT win over the Suns:— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 24, 2021
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The Nuggets beat the Suns on Saturday by the score of 120-112 in double overtime. Nikola Jokic had a ridiculous game with 29 points and 22 rebounds. He made 11 of 14 free throws. Jamal Murray added 26 points. The Nuggets got Michael Porter back from a few games on the shelf and he provided a much needed boost off the bench, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. JaMychal Green added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Porter is the team's third leading scorer.
Mavericks slowed by injuriesThe Dallas Mavericks have been up and down all year and their record shows it at 8-8. They have been plagued by injuries all year. Currently, Kristaps Porzingis, who missed the first part of the season, is out again with a knee injury. He is questionable for Monday. But then four other key players -- Maxi Klieber, Dorian Finney Smith, Dwight Powell, and Josh Richardson are out in the COVID protocol. These are all players that either start or are in the regular rotation. Its surprising the Mavericks have done as well as they have, considering.
The Mavericks are coming off a 133-108 beat down against Houston Saturday night. The Rockets dominated them on the glass and held Dallas to 20% shooting from three. DeMarcus Cousins had his way for Houston with 28 points and 17 rebounds. Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists while Tim Hardaway added 15 points. Boban Marjanovich had a great game off the bench with 15 points and 12 rebounds while Trey Burke added 13 points.
Stats & Trends
- Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Mavericks are 2-3 ATS at home this season.
Take the Nuggets here to cover. I love Denver here. Although they are on the road, Dallas has not been great against the spread at home. Plus, Denver is finally healthy, at least mostly healthy, and they are starting to click, having won 3 straight games. Dallas, on the other hand, has been decimated by injuries with 5 key players out or questionable, including second leading scorer Porzingis. Plus, the Mavericks have no one to stop Jokic, who has just been playing like an MVP this season. Dallas managed to beat Denver a few weeks ago in double overtime, but don't count on that happening again on Monday.