7 p.m. at Phoenix
Mavericks +7 at Suns (231)
It was Jan. 9 when Dallas last visited Phoenix at the same very 7-point underdog spread as in tonight’s matchup. The result two months ago was a 28-point blowout loss to a Suns team that had Amare Stoudemire healthy. Now Stoudemire is out for the season and the posted total has exploded to 231 from the 211 of Jan. 9. And, the Suns come in on a four-game losing streak.
Dallas is 5-2 in its last seven games and should be focused to erase that earlier embarrassment. The return to run and gun basketball by Phoenix should fit in well with Dallas, which has plenty of weapons to support that 231 total. Considering the present state of these teams, it’s far better to be getting 7 than giving. DALLAS.