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The first Friday night in the NBA 2023-24 season features a rare trip to Dallas for the Brooklyn Nets as they take on Luka Doncic and the Mavericks. Can Luka Doncic record another triple-double? Cam Thomas do more great things off the bench after scoring 36 on Wednesday night, or will Kyrie Irving steal the show in the first game against his former team since last February’s trade?
Dallas Mavericks vs Brooklyn Nets – game predictions
- 1 Dallas Mavericks vs Brooklyn Nets – game predictions
- 2 Dallas has fresh start at home
- 3 Key game details
The Mavericks are a 6-point home favorite with a total of 228.5 points.
Prediction 1: Nets +6 @ -110 (1.91)
Remember, it was the Nets who made the playoffs last season while the Mavericks did not even make it to the play-in tournament. The Mavericks already looked a little shaky against a bad San Antonio team before a late surge, and the Nets have better scorers than the Spurs. Mikal Bridges should play better than he did opening night, and the last 5 games between these teams have all been decided by fewer than 5 points. We’ll take another close one here and back the road underdog with the points.
Prediction 2: Kyrie Irving over 3.5 made three-point field goals @ +138 (2.38)
Kyrie Irving is one of the best 3-point shooters ever, but he was only 1-of-8 against the Spurs the other night. But as you’ll come to expect from our picks this season, it’s a hot-and-cold, night-to-night type of league. Irving will bounce back and we like the value on his number to reach over 3.5 made 3s, a number he hit 24 times last year, including 3-of-4 games to start his Dallas career last February after the trade. Plus, he’s playing Brooklyn. You know he’ll want to stick it to his former team.
Dallas has fresh start at home
The Mavericks made one of the gutsiest trades last season in bringing Kyrie Irving to Dallas in February. The move did not work out and Dallas shockingly did not qualify for the play-in tournament despite a career season from Luka Doncic in scoring. They will open at home after beating the Spurs on the road Wednesday night.
Dallas Mavericks news, injuries, and starting lineups
The Mavericks came back from a double-digit deficit to spoil the debut of Victor Wembanyama on Wednesday night. Luka Doncic was excellent with another 30-point triple-double on his resume, and the Mavericks will be looking for similar from their superstar in this game. Kyrie Irving also could do more this time after scoring 22 points on 24 shots.
Dallas Mavericks injury report:
- No injuries reported
Dallas Mavericks starting lineup:
Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Grant Williams, Derrick Jones Jr., Dereck Lively
Brooklyn Nets news, injuries, and starting lineups
The Nets had a close battle with Cleveland and lost to a late Donovan Mitchell 3-point shot. They got 36 points from Cam Thomas off the bench, but the starters need to provide more shooting. Nic Claxton, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Ben Simmons only combined for 16 points. Claxton is out with an ankle injury and will be replaced by Day’Ron Sharpe.
Brooklyn Nets injury report:
- Dariq Whitehead (foot) – Out
- Nic Claxton (ankle) – Out
Brooklyn Nets starting lineup:
Ben Simmons, Mikal Bridges, Spencer Dinwiddie, Cam Johnson, Day’Ron Sharpe
Mavericks vs Nets head to head record
The Mavericks won both meetings early last season and 6-of-7. Here are the results from the last 5 meetings:
- 7/11/2022: Mavericks won 96-94 in Dallas
- 27/10/2022: Mavericks won 129-125 in Brooklyn
- 16/3/2022: Mavericks won 113-111 in Brooklyn
- 7/12/2021: Mavericks lost 102-99 in Dallas
- 6/5/2021: Mavericks won 113-109 in Dallas
Key game details
- Date & Time: October 28, 2023, 01:30 GMT
- Venue: American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
- Where to watch match in UK: NBA League Pass or other live stream
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