Mavericks vs. Knicks NBA Prediction

Mavericks vs. Knicks, 4/2/21 NBA Predictions, Odds & DFS Notes

The NBATV double header opens with a matchup at Madison Square Garden on Friday night when the Knicks host the Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Game Snapshot

547 Dallas Mavericks (-5.5) at 548 New York Knicks (+5.5); o/u 213.5

7:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday, April 2, 2021

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

TV: NBATV

Dallas Mavericks DFS Notes

Luka Doncic hit 11-of-15 shots, 7-of-11 3-pointers and 7-of-11 free throws for 36 points, eight rebounds, five assists and eight turnovers in Wednesday's 113-108 win at Boston. The boo birds were out after the Mavs opened up a 56-37 lead as Luka couldn't seem to miss and how he can't consistently make his free throws remains a mystery. He's showing no signs of the sore back that kept him out recently and his 3-point shooting has really turned around after a slow start from beyond the arc at the start of the season. The Celtics got a late steal and bucket from Jayson Tatum to cut the Mavs' lead to just two points with 16 seconds remaining but Dallas was able to slam the door. Luka is a monster but the missed free throws and high turnovers can be frustrating at times, and tonight was one of those times.

New York Knicks DFS Notes

Elfrid Payton hit 6-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 28 minutes of Wednesday's 102-101 loss to the Timberwolves. This was a much better effort than his previous four games when he scored in single digits and saw limited minutes. He's been dealing with a hamstring injury but didn't show any issues with it tonight. The bad news is that Immanuel Quickley played just 13 minutes and failed to score tonight. And with the Knicks currently in the playoff with a 24-24 record you can expect Payton to continue to stifle Quickley until further notice.

Mavericks vs. Knicks Game Prediction

The under is 8-1 in the last nine meetings between these two teams and is a perfect 4-0 in the last four meetings between these two teams at Madison Square Garden. The under is also 13-5 in the Mavericks’ last 18 games overall and is 7-2 in their last nine games playing on one day of rest. On the other side, the under is 4-1 in the Knicks’ last five home games and has cashed in 19 of their last 27 games as an underdog.

NBA PREDICTION: MAVERICKS/KNICKS UNDER 213.5

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