The Phoenix Suns’ blockbuster commerce for Kevin Durant overshadowed the opposite mega-deal earlier than the traded deadline, when the Dallas Mavericks added Kyrie Irving.
The Mavericks have been presupposed to not less than be harmful with Irving enjoying alongside Luka Doncic. They have been a disappointment as an alternative.
The Mavericks have misplaced 5 of six. Dallas is 1-5 in opposition to the unfold in that stretch too. They’re presently the No. 7 seed, in peril of being within the play-in event. That’s not the return they needed.
The Mavericks are 3.5-point favorites at BetMGM for Thursday’s recreation in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers performed in Miami on Wednesday night time. It’s a great place for the Mavericks, they usually want it.
There have been some shut losses for Dallas on this chilly stretch. Three losses got here by three factors or much less. A bunch of shut losses in a row is usually some unhealthy luck. But it is also a Mavs staff that is not enjoying as much as expectations.
The Mavericks, unsurprisingly, have been actually good on offense and unhealthy on protection with Irving within the lineup. That shall be a part of their profile, identical to it was for the Brooklyn Nets with Irving.
There is time for Dallas to get issues going. Irving has performed simply seven video games together with his new staff, and the Mavs have greater than a month to determine issues out earlier than the playoffs begin. But so far, it is not figuring out as Dallas hoped.
Here’s a primary take a look at the remainder of the sports activities betting slate for Thursday:
A light-weight NBA slate
There are solely 4 NBA video games on Thursday night time. The greatest one, aside from maybe 76ers-Mavericks, is the Golden State Warriors in opposition to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are 3.5-point highway favorites in opposition to the Warriors, who’re nonetheless with out injured Steph Curry.
An enormous spot for Purdue
There are 4 video games involving high 25 groups in faculty basketball, and the largest is Purdue at Wisconsin. Purdue regarded like a lock as a No. 1 seed, however then misplaced 4 of six. The Boilermakers are nonetheless a No. 1 seed in most mock brackets, however a loss at Wisconsin on Thursday might change that. Purdue is a 4.5-point favourite. Wisconsin is a bubble staff this season and traditionally good at house, nevertheless it’s an pressing spot for Purdue.
Big NHL night time
There are 10 NHL video games on Thursday. The greatest recreation of the night time may very well be the Toronto Maple Leafs on the Calgary Flames. The Leafs are slight -115 favorites on the highway.
What’s one of the best wager?
Let’s go to the Pac-12 for Arizona-USC. USC is a 2.5-point house favourite and I’ll take the Trojans getting factors. Arizona is excellent however has taken two unhealthy losses in opposition to Stanford and Arizona State of their final 4 video games and USC hasn’t misplaced at house since a bizarre loss to Florida Gulf Coast all the best way again within the season opener on Nov. 7. USC ought to be a strong house canine.