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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




DALLAS (24 - 58) at PHOENIX (21 - 61)
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Wednesday, 10/17/2018 10:35 PM
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DALLAS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-58-28.341-4038-43102.351.744.4%48.6105.452.546.9%53.2
Road Games9-32-13.221-1919-22100.851.644.5%47.1106.854.048.5%52.0
Last 5 Games1-4-1.22-24-1103.051.442.8%51.0112.052.650.5%56.8
DALLAS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)102.351.738-8644.4%12-3336.0%14-1976.3%49823197124
vs opponents surrendering106.353.640-8646.0%11-2936.1%17-2276.7%511023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)100.851.638-8544.5%12-3336.0%13-1775.5%47822197124
Stats Against (All Games)105.452.539-8446.9%11-2936.3%16-2175.7%53924207134
vs opponents averaging106.453.640-8646.1%10-2936.1%17-2276.6%521023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)106.854.040-8348.5%11-2936.1%16-2176.5%52824197135

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games21-61-8.337-4339-41103.951.044.2%53.2113.356.647.1%54.3
Home Games10-31-14.614-2620-20103.251.043.9%54.3113.557.846.4%55.4
Last 5 Games2-3+0.43-24-1106.249.046.6%54.6109.455.845.4%52.4
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.951.038-8744.2%9-2833.4%18-2474.1%531021227154
vs opponents surrendering105.953.439-8646.0%10-2936.1%17-2276.7%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)103.251.038-8843.9%9-2832.2%17-2472.7%541020227155
Stats Against (All Games)113.356.642-8947.1%11-2937.3%19-2576.6%541023219136
vs opponents averaging106.253.540-8646.1%10-2936.1%17-2276.8%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)113.557.842-9046.4%11-2937.4%19-2576.6%551122228136
Average power rating of opponents played: DALLAS 96.2,  PHOENIX 96.4
DALLAS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/17/2018@ PHOENIX              
10/24/2018@ ATLANTA              
10/26/2018@ TORONTO              
10/29/2018@ SAN ANTONIO              
10/31/2018@ LA LAKERS              
11/2/2018NEW YORK              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2018@ DENVER              
10/22/2018@ GOLDEN STATE              
10/24/2018LA LAKERS              
10/27/2018@ MEMPHIS              
10/28/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
10/31/2018SAN ANTONIO              
DALLAS: LAST SEASON: 24-58, missed playoffs.
COACH: Rick Carlisle (11th season, 17th NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Dennis Smith Jr. (15.2 ppg), G Wesley Matthews (12.7 ppg), F Harrison Barnes (18.9 ppg), F Luka Doncic (rookie), C DeAndre Jordan (12.0 ppg)
KEY LOSSES: G Yogi Ferrell, F Doug McDermott
KEY ADDITIONS: Doncic, Jordan
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Doncic, the third overall pick, is set to be the second straight teenager to start on opening night for the Mavericks, following Smith. The former Euroleague MVP is also expected to contribute right away, perhaps even more than Smith did in a solid rookie season. Jordan's rebounding is a component the Mavericks have lacked. They needed it badly enough that they happily welcomed the player who infamously agreed to join Dallas join three years only to change his mind before he could sign. That saga led to a two-year rebuilding job the Mavericks hope is over.
OUTLOOK: Carlisle is tired of losing coming off consecutive sub-.500 seasons for the first time in his 16-year
COACHing career. If Doncic makes the transition from Europe fairly smoothly and Smith continues to improve, the Mavericks should have a shot at a winning record. The playoffs might be a stretch, but it says something that Dirk Nowitzki is set to come off the bench for the first time since he was a rookie 20 years ago. The 40-year-old is gearing up for his 21st season with the same franchise, a record, but looks iffy for the opener because of lingering issues from ankle surgery at the end of last season.
PHOENIX: LAST SEASON: 21-61, missed playoffs.
COACH: Igor Kokoskov (first season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Devin Booker (24.9 ppg), G Shaquille Harrison (6.6 ppg), F Trevor Ariza (11.7 ppg, Houston), F Ryan Anderson (9.3 ppg), C Deandre Ayton (rookie, 20.1 ppg at Arizona).
KEY LOSSES: F Marquese Chriss, C Alex Len, F Jared Dudley
KEY ADDITIONS: Ariza, Anderson, Ayton, G Mikhal Bridges
PLAYERS TO WATCH: First and foremost is Ayton, the 7-foot-1 multi-skilled big man chosen No. 1 overall in the draft. Kokoskov sees him as a rim protector on defense and he possesses a soft outside touch to go with bruising, athletic inside moves. The question is how he handles the much tougher world of the NBA. Also, Booker. He underwent hand surgery and missed the preseason, athough he did a lot of left-handed workouts. He wants to be back by the season opener and is anxious to prove he was worth that five-year, $158 million contract he signed in the offseason.
OUTLOOK: It's been a long time since this franchise was relevant and there is more turmoil as this season begins. Nine days before the opener, Suns owner Robert Sarver fired general manager Ryan McDonough. There is no true proven point guard on the roster and who knows whether the team can find one. The hope rests with Booker, Ayton and Josh Jackson, who will come off the bench at least initially. Kokoskov is widely respected. But it's hard to see that eight-year absence from the postseason ending anytime soon.
Suns, Mavs put future stars on display

PHOENIX -- The regular season could not come soon enough for Phoenix or Dallas.

Not only will the teams put their expected future stars on display in rookies DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic -- two of the first three players taken in the 2018 draft -- but they also can return to the focus to the court.

Take the offseason. Please.

The Suns fired general manager Ryan McDonough last week after a difficult five-year run in which the team went through five coaches, made a series of unsuccessful trades and extended their playoff drought to eight seasons despite three years of high draft picks, capped by No. 1 overall Ayton last summer. They have won 68 games the last three years.

Dallas is still is not clear of the fallout from an independent investigation conducted late last season that found a corporate culture "rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior." A long-time team photographer was fired before a preseason trip to China after being tainted by similar allegations.

The Maverick won 24 games last season, their fewest in 19 years, although the addition of Doncic -- the third player taken in the draft -- and free agent center DeAndre Jordan to a cast that includes Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. adds promise. Barnes has been ruled out of the season opener both Wednesday because of a right hamstring that kept him out the entire preseason.

New Suns coach Igor Koskokov, an 18-year veteran NBA assistant who spent the last three seasons with Utah, is expected to open his career with star guard Devin Booker in the lineup.

Booker, McDonough's signature draft pick and a $158-million man after signing a five-year contract extension in July, suffered a fractured bone in his right hand in the offseason that required surgery and kept him out of preseason games.

"I haven't played competitive basketball in a very long time," said Booker, who led the Suns by averaging a career-high 24.9 points a game last season despite injuries that kept him out of 28 games including the final 12.

"So I'm very excited to get out there with a whole new team, new coach, almost new organization. I feel like we're moving in the right direction and (Wednesday) is going to be a new test for us."

Without Booker in the preseason, the Suns have mixed-and-matched point guards while starting second-year player Josh Jackson at off guard, 7-foot-2 center Ayton at center and former Houston players Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza at forward. Ariza spent the last four seasons with Houston; Anderson, the last two.

Ayton, the first player taken in the draft, will give the Suns an inside scorer they have lacked since Amare Stoudamire left as a free agent following the 2009-10 season, the last time the Suns made the playoffs.

"I'm pretty excited," Ayton said Tuesday. "Obviously I don't want to show it. But trust me, I'm doing back flips in my mind right now.

"I'm an entertainer. I don't look any myself as a basketball player. I like to entertain people. I don't like to do jump hooks all day. I like to run and jump, shoot the ball. Doing this is fun. I look forward to times like this, playing in front of everybody and showing what I've got."

Veteran Isaiah Caanan fits the traditional point guard mold as well as anyone on the Suns' roster, but they also could play Booker there. Caanan suffered a fractured right ankle in Jan. 31 game against Dallas and missed the rest of last season.

"He's a very important piece for us," Kokoskov said.

The Mavericks traded up in the draft to take 6-8 guard Doncic, a native of Slovenia who has been praised for his basketball IQ, led Madrid to the European league championship last season at age 19. He also was named the league MVP and the final four MVP.

Forward Barnes has led the team in scoring the last two seasons and free agent Jordan adds an interior presence. Point guard Smith Jr. averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 assists as a rookie last season and is being counted on to take on more of a leadership role. Franchise mainstay Dirk Nowitzki, entering his 20th season, may not return until November while recovering from ankle surgery.

"Smith and Doncic are playing well together," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters after the team returned from its their exhibition series in China.

"That's no shock to me. Those guys are both high-level young players. They are both winners and they both will recognize the special abilities of the other and find a way not only to co-exist but thrive together.

"We need them to continue to do that. Dennis is becoming more of a leader every day and that's got to happen. It's got to continue to happen."

Last Updated: 3/22/2019 9:34:51 PM EST

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