NBA Dallas Mavericks vs Denver Nuggets Predictions, Odds, Spreads & Betting Lines: Nikola Jokic takes down Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) throws the ball off of Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) defends during the second half at American Airlines Center.

We’ve got one hell of an NBA matchup coming our way on Tuesday night as the Dallas Mavericks head to Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets. Luka Doncic vs Nikola Jokic — what more could we possibly ask for? Both teams are looking hot this season and know that victory here will be a solid statement to other teams around the league. Our NBA expert has picks, predictions and best bets for this huge Mavs vs Nuggets matchup, so let’s dive in.

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Dallas Mavericks vs Denver Nuggets prediction

Both of these teams look to be serious contenders to reach the postseason, and in this matchup, home advantage could be the difference-maker for the Nuggets. They’ve been solid at Ball Arena this season and the Mavs could be feeling the effects of being on a back-to-back after beating the Suns last night. It should be a close game, but Denver looks to have more going for it.

Dallas Mavericks vs Denver Nuggets spread, odds & betting lines

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook at time of publishing.

Point Spread: Mavericks +5, Nuggets -5
Total Points Over/Under: 222.5 points
Money Line Odds: Mavericks +158, Nuggets -188

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Dallas Mavericks vs Denver Nuggets expert picks

We’ve got 2 standout NBA picks for tonight’s game between the Mavericks and Nuggets.

Mavericks vs Nuggets point spread pick: Nuggets -5 (-108)

The Mavericks are coming off an impressive win over the Suns and are now tasked with traveling to Denver to take on the Nuggets for their second game in as many days. Given the tough scheduling spot for the Mavericks, look for Denver to capitalize on the rest and home-court advantage. The Mavericks were able to handle a shorthanded Suns team last night, cruising to an easy victory. However, the primary issue for the Mavs that continues to cause problems is the lack of support for Luka Doncic. Doncic is leading the league in points per game but the rest of the team hasn’t done much to support him, which has caused them to lose a bunch of tight games.

The fact that this game is being played on the second night of a back-to-back hurts Dallas because their bench production and depth will be tested more so than it would on normal rest. The Nuggets are also looking to rebound from a couple of tough losses in their past few games, so returning home to play a tired Dallas team is a great recipe for them to get back on track. Nikola Jokic leads a dangerous Denver scoring attack that ranks 5th in offensive rating, so look for them to pour on the points and cruise to a victory on their home floor.

Mavericks vs Nuggets Over/Under totals pick: Over 222.5 (-110)

The over looks the best option in this game. The Nuggets have a terrific offense led by Nikola Jokic, as they rank 5th in offensive rating and 12th in points per game. The return of Jamal Murray this season has also been a huge boost to their offense, as he motors the offense and presents another lethal perimeter shooter. The Mavericks have a solid defense, but this strength should be weakened by the fact that this is their second game in as many days.

However, the Mavs should be able to keep pace offensively as Luka Doncic has been the leading scorer in the league this season and there doesn’t seem to be any defense that can slow him down. This should end up being a high-scoring game.

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