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Dallas’ Hot Start, ATS Dominance Sparked by Best Bench in the NBA

Dec 13, 2018 5:00 PM EST
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Photo credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: J.J. Barea

Betting odds: Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns

  • Spread: Mavericks -6.5
  • Over/under: 211.5
  • Tip: 10:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TNT

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Luka Doncic is all the rage right now, and for good reason.

The former EuroLeague MVP and current NBA rookie has splashed onto the scene with his combination of shooting, passing and overall feel for the game that makes him pop like few others.

He has a chance to be one of the most impactful players in the league for years to come.

In the future, that is.

What gets lost in all the Halle-Luka hype with the Mavericks 15-11 going into their Thursday night matchup on TNT vs. the… ahem, Suns… is that they are outscoring their opponents per 100 possessions by only 0.8 points with Doncic on the floor.

In their last 10 games, that number is still just +1.6 with Doncic on the floor and +6.2 with him on the bench.

That’s not a sign that Doncic isn’t that good; he is.

But what it really tells us is how great the bench has been for Dallas.