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Mavericks vs Nuggets betting odds – Mavericks will squeak by shorthanded Nuggets

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/8/2010 3:05:47 PM

NBA Odds: Pick Mavericks

The Mavericks vs Nuggets betting odds is a battle between two Western Conference teams battling for positioning but only one will be at full strength. The Nuggets are typically tough to beat at home but online betting cappers should see a Mavericks road win as the Nuggets are battling a slew of injuries.

What: NBA Betting
When: Tuesday, February 9th – 9:00 PM ET
Where: Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
Key Stat: Mavericks are 16-10 on the road

The Storyline – Mavericks vs Nuggets betting odds breakdown
The Dallas Mavericks are in a bit of a funk right now but they might have an easier time of things on Tuesday night. The Mavericks are just 5-5 in their last 10 games and typically, playing at the Pepsi Center isn’t easy, but the Nuggets are shorthanded.

While the Nuggets are the No. 2 seed in the West, Carmelo Anthony is battling an ankle injury, which may keep him out until the All-Star Break, and Chauncey Billups is also fighting an ankle sprain. Both are questionable for Tuesday.

Offensive Matchups – Mavericks vs Nuggets betting odds breakdown 

The Mavericks are still a brick short of a load, which is why there are constant trade rumors for swing men Andre Iguodala and Kevin Martin. The Mavs are still very talented on offense with many versatile weapons like Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, but they still lack that dependable secondary scorer.

Meanwhile, sportsbook odds makers will be cautious with this betting line because of the injuries in Denver. The Nuggets have been treading water without Anthony in the lineup but losing Billups may be too much for them to handle. Nene is also battling a foot injury, which means the Nuggets offense will be very thin.

Betting Edge: Mavericks

Defensive Matchups – Mavericks vs Nuggets betting odds breakdown 

The Mavs defense leaves plenty to be desired, even though they are coached by the defensive-minded Rick Carlisle. If the Nuggets are without the NBA’s second-leading scorer, the Mavs will obviously catch a break. Dallas is ranked 15th in points per game allowed.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets will have to clamp down defensively if they are missing many key parts on offense. They have improved in the last two years on defense but they still are not in the top half of the NBA ranks. They could be in a tough spot on Tuesday.

Betting Edge: Even

Notable Injuries – Mavericks vs Nuggets betting odds breakdown
The Nuggets are riddled with injuries and they may opt to rest everyone with the All-Star Break approaching. Anthony has missed two straight weeks with his ankle sprain while Billups missed the team’s last contest. Both are questionable for Tuesday but Billups is more likely to play. Meanwhile, Chris Andersen and Aaron Afflalo are dealing with minor injuries while Nene is also battling a foot injury, but should play.

Betting Edge: Mavericks

Betting Prediction – Mavericks vs Nuggets betting odds breakdown

The Nuggets are tough to beat at home but they could be ripe for the picking. The Mavericks are a good road team and while winning at the Pepsi Center is always tough, winning at the Pepsi Center without Carmelo Anthony playing for the home town Nuggets makes the task a lot easier.

Pick: Mavericks

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