TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION THURSDAY, MAY 12TH
#514 DALLAS (+2) over Phoenix at 9:30 PM EST
After getting clocked by 30 in the desert on Tuesday evening, the Mavs will return home and administer a little pain of their own. Dallas is facing elimination and head coach Jason Kidd will make sure his troops bring their absolute best in order to force a Game 7 in Phoenix on Sunday.
There’s nothing wrong with throwing a little cheddar down on the Mavericks when they hit the hardwood without confidence off a straight up loss. In this situation, Dallas holds an outstanding 18-5 SU and 19-4 ATS mark in its last 23 games including a nearly perfect 12-2 SU and 13-1 ATS provided its opponent holds a team won/loss percentage of .501 or higher. Equally impressive, when coming off an embarrassing loss of 10 points or more, the Mavs sport a sensational 80-45-4 ATS tally including an elite 51-21-4 ATS provided their opponent takes the court off a straight up victory. With those two parameters live and Coach Kidd’s troops arriving off a road war, this technical situation tightens up to a spectacular 29-5-3 ATS.
The Suns posted an 0-2 SU and ATS mark when they played Games 3 and 4 here falling by nine and 10 points respectively and they’ll have trouble keeping pace in this critical matchup as well. Technically speaking, Phoenix has struggled in its last eight priced as road chalk notching a soft 2-6 ATS record. In addition, when priced as a postseason favorite or an underdog of +6.5 or less, head coach Monty Williams and his kids hold a rough 23-38-2 ATS mark provided their opponent enters off a SU and ATS loss. If the Suns are facing a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage of .608 or higher, this team trend crashes to an ugly 8-23-2 ATS.
The home team has won every game in this series. The Mavs will hold serve a force a Game 7 with a strong performance here. Take Dallas. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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