NBA Odds PicksIf you’re doing March Madness odds, you may remember Golden State’s playoff win over Dallas in the 2007 playoffs, as it was a series that rivaled any of the passion you’ll find in college basketball. The Warriors were the first 8-seed to beat a 1-seed in a seven-game series, and the Mavericks have continued to struggle in Oakland, where they’ll head to face the Warriors on Saturday night.

Mavericks vs Warriors odds – Saturday, March 27, 10:30 PM ET

The Mavericks lost for the third time in four games on Thursday night, falling 101-89 in Portland, and they failed to do anything at the foul line. They made eight shots from the charity stripe, but they were there just nine times, while the Trailblazers were 18-of-26. Caron Butler broke out of his slump to pour in 25 points, while Shawn Marion and Dirk Nowitzki both scored 15 points for the Mavericks, who shot 44.4% from the field, but the inability to put the Trailblazers in foul trouble, especially with their lack of depth up front, killed their sportsbook chances.

The Warriors snapped a three-game skid with a 128-110 win at home on Wednesday over Memphis, and Stephon Curry had a huge night with 30 points, 11 assists, five boards and four steals. He did have seven turnovers along the way, but the rookie is certainly finding his way in the NBA after some thought he couldn’t run a team. The Warriors shot 54.5% from the field, and they nailed 10 of their 24 three-point attempts to shoot down the Grizzlies, and there is a good foundation in Golden State, who have been battered by injuries all year. They could even look into moving Monta Ellis to fully hand over the team to Curry.

The Warriors may be a slight favorite in this contest, and we’re betting management are banking on a win, as the Mavericks have dropped eight of their last 10 in Golden State. The Mavericks have taken two of three meetings with the Warriors this year, including a 127-117 win in Golden State on February 8th, and Jason Terry has averaged 26.0 points against the Warriors, while Ellis has put up an outlandish 36.7 points against the Mavericks. The Mavericks weren’t aggressive enough in Portland on Thursday night, and that should be the first thing they look to rectify on Saturday. This will inevitably turn into a track meet, and the Mavericks’ defense has struggled as of late, giving up an average of 106 points in their last three losses. Those numbers should be right up Golden State’s alley as the Mavericks continue to struggle in Oakland. Go with the Warriors on Saturday before making your March Madness betting picks.


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