The Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks have two of the most dynamic and versatile players in the entire league. Both Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic are very close to averaging a triple double this season as they make their early cases for MVP honors. There’s still a long way to go, but they’re two of the best for sure.
Fans will get to watch the two play against each other on Monday night, but the Mavericks will be without several key players due to COVId-19 health and safety protocols. Maxi Kleber, Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Dwight Powell are all listed as out for this matchup. Denver, meanwhile, is at full-health.
Both teams are itching for a victory here. The Mavericks are fresh off a disappointing loss to the Houston Rockets, while the Nuggets are currently riding a three-game win-streak — though one of those wins has come in overtime and another in double-overtime. Only one of these teams will get a win on Monday.
Denver Nuggets Betting Preview: Can the Nuggets win their fourth-straight game?
The Denver Nuggets are currently 9-7, which is good enough for third place in the Northwest Standings. They need to start putting some wins together if they’re going to catch the Utah Jazz (12-4) and Portland Trail Blazers (8-6). The good news is they’re finally at full-health after COVID-19 hit them early.
The Nuggets are led by Nikola Jokic, who’s averaging an incredible 25.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 9.6 assists, 1.9 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game. Jamal Murray is having a nice season as well, averaging 19.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Michael Porter Jr. has 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Dallas Mavericks Betting Preview: Will the Mavericks bounce back after their loss?
The Dallas Mavericks currently own an 8-8 record, which is good enough for third in the Southwest Standings behind both the Spurs and Grizzlies. They’re certainly much better than their record indicates, but COVID-19 regulations have caused them to struggle to find any chemistry when on the court.
With that said Luka Doncic is putting on another masterful performance this season and he finally has Kristaps Porzingis back from injury. Doncic is averaging 26.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 0.7 steals per game. Kristaps is averaging 20.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game.
Nuggets vs. Mavericks Betting Odds & Lines
Will the Nuggets continue their hot winning streak or will the Mavericks play spoiler on Monday night? BetOnline has the Denver Nuggets (-110) with the 1.5-point advantage over the Dallas Mavericks (-110). They also have the over/under listed at 222 total points.
Free Betting Pick
These two teams have already met once so far this season. That game, which was played on January 7th, ended in a 124-117 Mavericks’ victory. It was decided in overtime, despite a strong first half from the Denver Nuggets. The Mavs ended up outsourcing them by 9 points in the second half and 7 points in overtime.
It should be noted that the Dallas Mavericks had Kleber, Richardson, and Finney-Smith starting in that game. The Nuggets were without Michael Porter Jr., among a long list of other bench players. The roles are switched in this one, which is why I think the Nuggets will get their revenge on Monday night.
Final Score Prediction 121-114, Denver Nuggets.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Denver Nuggets (-1.5)