American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, will be the site for Game 4 of the 2014 NBA playoffs between the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. As reported by Schuyler Dixon of AP Sports on April 27, NBA fans can catch all the action live on TNT (national TV broadcast), and streaming live at TNT-Overtime (online) beginning at 9:40 p.m. EST (8:40 p.m. CST/6:40 p.m. PST).
Leading their best-of-seven series, 2-1, the eighth-seeded Mavs will have a golden opportunity to take a commanding lead over the Spurs before the heading back to San Antonio for Game 5. To accomplish this feat, “Big D” will need Dirk Nowitzki to find his rhythm, something he’s been unable to do through three games.
It’s hard to believe that the 12-time NBA All-Star comes into tonight’s showdown looking for his first 20-point game of the series. In fact, the seven-footer from Wurzburg, West Germany, hasn’t struggled like this on the hardwood since getting his first taste of postseason play during his rookie campaign (2001).
Needless to say, Rick Carlisle and the Mavs are very fortunate to be up 2-1, despite Nowitzki’s struggles, but thanks in part to Vince Carter’s heroics. In the twilight of his career, the 37-year-old forward drained a fadeaway three-pointer as the clock expired in Game 3, putting his team in a very favorable position.
For the top-seeded Spurs, Gregg Popovich stated in an April 27 ESPN report that the Dallas’ success is a product if one thing: Hustle. In particular, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year was quoted as saying that the “Mavs want it more” the defending Western Conference champs at this point.
Heading into a pivotal Game 4, Popovich issued a challenge to his players, encouraging them to match Dallas’ intensity. As a four-time NBA champ, “Pop” is infamous for knowing what to say and when to say it. It’s going to be interesting to see how his team responds, in what has to be approached as a must-win game this evening.
According to NBA oddsmakers, this Western Conference series should be knotted up by night’s end. Las Vegas’ latest point spreads have San Antonio favored to defeat Dallas by two buckets. The OVER/UNDER equals an even 200 points, and alternate (straight-up) money lines have the Spurs at -210, while the Mavericks’ odds of an upset are valued at +175.
General Consensus Before NBA Playoffs 2014 Game 4 Tipoff
Spurs spread: 54 percent.
Mavericks spread: 46 percent.
OVER bets: 71 percent.
UNDER bets: 29 percent.
Betting Trends Before TNT’s National TV Schedule Start Time
Spurs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games played on 1 days rest.
Spurs are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight-up loss.
Spurs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games overall.
Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games versus teams with winning straight-up records.
Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the Western Conference.
Key Stats Before TNT Overtime’s Free Live Stream Online Feed
San Antonio is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 meetings in Dallas.
San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
Road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.