Dallas Mavericks NBA Team Preview and Betting Picks
American Airlines Arena – Dallas, Texas.
Rick Carlisle – Head Coach
Western Conference – Southwest Division
2017 Record: 24-58
The Dallas Mavericks are coming into the 2018-2019 NBA Regular Season off back-to-back losing seasons. They were one of the more busy teams in the offseason and owner Mark Cuban is dedicated to bringing life back to the team.
The Mavericks not only picked up some key players in free agency but they also used the 2018 NBA Draft to build some depth in their lineup. There is no doubt, this team will be better this year than the past two years but just how good remains to be seen? Are they are playoff caliber team now or are they still a year away?
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the 2018-2019 Dallas Mavericks and determine where we think they will end up.
Dallas Mavericks Coaching
The Head Coach of the Dallas Mavericks is Rick Carlisle. Carlisle has been with the Mavericks since 2008 and has served as the Head Coach at various other teams around the NBA.
Carlisle has coached with the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers, and New Jersey Nets. Carlisle is one of the more experienced Head Coaches in the league, winning an NBA Championship in 2011, coaching the NBA All-Star Game in 2004 and being named the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 2002.
In his 10 years as Head Coach of Dallas Mavericks, Carlisle’s teams have only missed the playoffs 3 times, including the past 2 years. In 2010-2011, Carlisle led the Mavericks to a 57-25 record, their best under his reign, and went on to win the NBA Finals Championship.
Dallas Mavericks Offseason Transactions
- June 21, 2018 – The Dallas Mavericks used their first-round NBA Draft selection to pick 3rd and take Real Madrid Shooting Guard Luka Doncic.
- June 22, 2018 – The Dallas Mavericks used their second-round NBA Draft selection to pick 33rd and take former Villanova Point Guard Jalen Brunson.
- June 22, 2018 – The Dallas Mavericks used their second-round NBA Draft selection to pick 57th and take Louisville Power Forward Ray Spalding.
- June 22, 2018 – The Dallas Mavericks used their second-round NBA Draft selection to pick 60th and take Power Forward Kostas Antetokounmpo.
- July 6, 2018 – The Mavericks signed free agent DeAndre Jordan, formerly of the LA Clippers.
- July 6, 2018 – The Mavericks lost Seth Curry, who signed a 2-year, $2.75 million dollar contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
- July 6, 2018 – The Mavericks lost Doug McDermott, who signed a 3-year, $22 million dollar contract with the Indiana Pacers.
- July 6, 2018 – The Mavericks lost Nerlens Noel, who signed a 2-year minimum contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
- July 13, 2018 – The Mavericks waived Jalen Jones.
- July 23, 2018 – The Mavericks signed free agent Ding Yanyuhang, formerly of the Shandong Golden Stars.
- July 23, 2018 – The Mavericks lost Yogi Ferrell, who signed a 2-year, $6.2 million dollar contract with the Sacramento Kings.
- July 30, 2018 – The Mavericks signed undrafted free agent Daryl Macon, formerly of the Arkansas Razorbacks, to a two-way contract.
- July 31, 2018 – The Mavericks signed undrafted free agent Terry Larrier, formerly of the Connecticut Huskies. Larrier was later waived by the Mavericks in lue of an injury.
- August 1, 2018 – The Mavericks signed undrafted free agent Codi Miller-McIntyre, formerly of the Parma Basket.
- August 6, 2018 – The Mavericks signed undrafted free agent Ryan Broekhoff, formerly of the Lokomotiv Kuban.
- August 8, 2018 – The Mavericks signed free agent Devin Harris, formerly of the Denver Nuggets.
- September 14, 2018 – The Mavericks waived Kyle Collinsworth.
Dallas Mavericks Starting 5
Dennis Smith (PG) – Smith an exciting rookie last year and gave the team reason to believe in the future and it is only natural that we think he should progress in 2018-2019. Smith is a unique player in the fact that he strongly believes that he is the best player on the court, no matter who is on the court with him, but the problem is his stats don’t reflect that fact. His overall stats last year were far below the league average and if he wants to lead the team from the Point Guard position, he must improve overall.
Luka Doncic (SG) – The Mavericks believe in Doncic and think he is the future of the franchise. Doncic comes along with a ton of accolades and even more skill. Doncic can play multiple spots on the court, making him a valuable asset that can eat up minutes on the court.
Wesley Matthews (SF) – Matthews has dealt with various injuries over the past few years and it seems that he simply hasn’t returned to his pre-injury status. He is now 32-years old and in the final year of his contract. That means, we can expect Matthews to do all he can to prove his worth as an experienced and tenured leader on the team. For now, I’m going to pencil him into the starters spot but that is written in pencil, not pen!
Harrison Barnes (PF) – Barnes is in the third year of his four years, $94 million dollar deal. He was originally thought to be one of the building blocks of the organization but it may be a do-or-die year for him going forward. Barnes is talented but he has lacked to have the additional talent around him in Dallas. This year, it is different. There is plenty of talent on the team this year and he should be able to show off as one of the teams top scorers.
DeAndre Jordan (C) – The Mavericks finally landed DeAndre Jordan in free agency! The Mavericks have flirted with Jordan for a long time and as many will recall, they signed him a while back but he made the decision to remain with the LA Clippers, voiding the agreement he had with Dallas. Jordan is one of the best rebounders and defenders in the lane and will bring an added level of security under the basket this year when he gets healthy.
Dallas Mavericks Key Bench Players
Dirk Nowitzki (PF) – Why are we mentioning him? Well, because he is Dirk Nowitzki and he is 40-years old and he deserves the credit for still playing in the league. He will be a spot player, who will serve mainly as a leader off the bench.
Devin Harris (SG) – The 14-year veteran was signed by Dallas this year to come off the bench and provide some reliable spark. Harris averages 11.1 points per game, 4.1 assists per game and 1.1 steals per game over his career, which spans 917 games.
JJ Barea (PG) – Barea is 34-years old and will most likely serve in a similar capacity as he did last year. Don’t expect a ton of production but for him to be reliable when he is called on off the bench.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks are going to be an improved team in 2018-2019. Last year, they recorded 24 wins and were one of the worst teams in the league. This year, I think they end up winning around 35-40 games.
The combination of Luka Doncic and DeAndre Jordan are going to be major assets on a team that was very lacking last year. When you add in Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith to the mix, I don’t see any way that this team doesn’t become an instantly competitive team and I think they get back to the postseason!
I’m not going to go as far as saying that I would recommend betting them to win the NBA Championship, Western Conference or even the Southwest Division but one wager that I will recommend with the Mavericks is at MyBookie on the regular season wins number. The line is currently set at 35 games and I feel it’s a safe presumption that this team will go over that number in 2018-2019.
Our friends over at MyBookie have set the following lines on the Dallas Mavericks:
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: + 15000
- Odds to Win Western Conference Championship: +8000
- Odds to Win Southwest Division: +3500
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 35 games
- Rookie of the Year Odds – Luka Doncic +250
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