The Dallas Mavericks visit the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of a brand-new season. Both teams have reason for optimism as the new campaign gets underway. Where is the betting value in this initial contest?
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 26th, 2023; 8:30 PM CST
Venue: Frost Bank Center, San Antonio, TX.
- Spread: Dallas -3.5 (-110)
- O/U 229.5
- Mavs ML: -166
Odds up to date as of 3:30 AM CST from DraftKings
The Mavericks face a road challenge to open the season versus a Spurs team that features the most hyped rookie since LeBron James over 20 years ago in Victor Wembanyama. As Dallas looks to get off to a quick start with an eye toward returning to the playoffs, the Spurs aim to integrate their rookie phenom into a young core that showed promise last year despite losing 60 games. The game line here is factoring in the disappointing finish to last season by Dallas and the energy Wemby will bring to San Antonio. In a world without number 77, there might be ample reason to take the Spurs plus the points in this one. Despite Jason Kidd’s 1-6 record in season openers vs Gregg Popovich’s lofty 23-3 mark, we are trusting that Luka Doncic will find a way to will the Mavericks to victory in the fourth quarter and clear the number - take the Mavericks -3.5.
For the Spurs, look for Zach Collins to remain ultra-efficient this year giving these early lines of 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds some value to the over. On the Mavericks, Grant Williams over 17.5 PRA (points/rebounds/assists) is intriguing. Also, Kyrie Irving over 5.5 assists smacks of value here as the preseason confirmed Irving’s penchant for pushing the ball early in the shot clock and looking to facilitate when possible unless and until the game demands his scoring take center stage.
Play of the Day
Luka Doncic was listed on the injury report as having no pain in his calf during practice on Tuesday and while he will be listed as questionable - expect Doncic to play. This lingering injury has factored into the scoring line of 28.5 (-120) which presents value. Doncic will do everything possible to give the Mavericks a better start to this season and reaching 29 points and beyond should be a player-prop winner in the opener.