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Handicapper John Hyslop is here with an NBA pick for Thursday night between the Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks. Come get his Suns vs. Mavericks prediction, pick, and latest odds.
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Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Prediction, Pick, Odds: Can Mikal Bridges Outplay Luka Doncic, Mavericks?

I found a pick for tonight between the Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks. Let's get right into this thing.

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Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: January 26, 2023
  • Start Time: 10:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: TNT

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Suns vs. Mavericks Prediction

Mikal Bridges Over 17.5 Points (+100) (Bet $100 to collect $200) Get the best odds, available at DraftKings

We're going to DraftKings people. But here's the thing, we can get 17.5 everywhere. The only difference is at FanDuel we'll pay -102 and at BetMGM it will cost -105. At the end of the day, that's not a huge difference. As always, FanDuel will let us up the ante a little and go 20+ (+155) or even 25+ (+500) if we want to get a little loose. I don't have a problem with it since it's Thursday and Thursday is pretty much the gateway to the weekend. It's fine.

I was a little shocked when I saw this number if we're being honest. I thought the books had learned their lesson with this guy. Don't fact-check me here but I'm pretty sure I saw his number at 19.5 (-120) last game. Now all of a sudden it's 17.5 again? The only difference tonight is Deandre Ayton is probably coming back. Still, with how Bridges has transformed himself since Devin Booker went down, I think 19.5 is right even with Ayton playing. We're not talking about Shaq here. We're talking about Deandre Ayton. Good player, but he's not taking the shine from Bridges.

Phoenix has won four games in a row on this home stretch and they don't look to be slowing down. They've got the number one defense in terms of defensive efficiency over the last three games which has helped a less-than-efficient offense over that stretch. This game should stay close and when it does, I'd think Bridges takes damn near 20 shots. The only game in this home stretch where he didn't see that many attempts was the last game when he only played 30 minutes due to a blowout. The man still scored 18 points. What a beast.

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Tonight the Suns will see the Dallas Mavericks and while they play slow as hell, I still think our boy Bridges gets us home. For starters, only five teams in the NBA are worse in terms of defensive efficiency so far this season than the Mavs. That's horrible. We just Kyle Kuzma drop a 30-burger on them last time out. Kyle Kuzma. The game before that, the Clippers had three different guys go 19+ on them and one was Norman Powell. Norman Powell. I'm just saying, this line is disrespectful to Bridges, his family and the Villanova basketball program. We can't stand for this.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.

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