The Dallas Mavericks can clinch a playoff berth by defeating the visiting Golden State Warriors on Friday. The defending NBA champions are in sixth place in the Western Conference and the struggling Warriors present a solid clinching opportunity. Golden State has lost six straight and 18 of its last 22 as it wobbles to the finish line. The Warriors are shorthanded, with both Stephen Curry and David Lee done for the season due to injuries.
Warriors Mavericks Betting
When: 8:30 PM ET, Friday, April 20, 2012
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (Golden State), Fox Sports Southwest (Dallas)
Golden State Warriors (22-39): Golden State is beginning a back-to-back-to-back road trip that includes games against the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Warriors started four rookies while being routed by the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday and will likely do so again against the Mavericks. Guard Klay Thompson has been the best of the freshman starters and is averaging 23.5 points over the last four games. “Some would perceive these to be dark days,” Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. “I believe these are times to build character and hold on to the rope even tighter.”
Dallas Mavericks (35-28): Veteran guard Vince Carter scored a season-best 23 points as Dallas defeated the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. The 20-point outing was only the fourth of the season for Carter and his first since scoring 20 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 22. Carter had 18 points and 12 rebounds two nights earlier when the Mavericks lost in triple overtime to the Utah Jazz. His next 3-pointer will make him the third player on the roster with 1,500 in his career. Point guard Jason Kidd is third all-time with 1,874 and guard Jason Terry moved into fourth place against Houston by raising his total to 1,786, passing Chauncey Billups of the Los Angeles Clippers.
1. The teams have split two meetings this season and Dallas has won seven of the last nine.
2. The Mavericks have had at least five players reach double digits in points in each of the last eight games.
3. Warriors rookie center Jeremy Tyler scored a career-best 15 points against the Lakers.
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