Online Betting NBA Headed to MexicoPosted by: Charlie Smith
The NBA has become the frontrunner for globalization among the 4 major professional sports leagues in North America. Consider that the NBA’s global empire features 13 regional offices across the planet, including two recently opened sites at Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. There’s no doubt that the NBA is the most diverse of all 4 major sports leagues with 113 players from 41 different countries. In order to compete with the NFL, who has recently begun hosting games in the US’s southern neighbor, the NBA will be looking to continue their global efforts by bringing online betting NBA action to Mexico. This isn’t the first time the NBA has hosted a contest in Mexico, the tradition runs back 25 years. However, this is the first time that they host a non-exhibition match in Mexico.
On Thursday night, the Phoenix Suns will play the Dallas Mavericks at the Ciudad de Mexico Arena, one of the largest sports venues in the world that features 9 nine different levels and a seating capacity of more than 22,000. Since neither team will be enjoying the comfort of their home court, what will most sportsbooks have to say about this contest to be held on foreign soil?
ONLINE BETTING NBA ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Thursday, January 12th
Dallas Mavericks -1½ (-110) 205 (-110) -125
Well the bookies have spoken and are pegging the Mavs as the one team to pick for a bet on NBA basketball games. However, both of these teams have been having pitiable seasons and it’s truly difficult to peg one as the favorite over the other. Nevertheless, sportsbooks have still decided to favor the team currently on a 3-game losing streak.
In fact, Dallas has lost 6 of their last 8 games and currently has a disappointing record of 11-27, which ranks them 15th in the Western Conference. The Mavericks have qualified for the playoffs the last three previous seasons but it seems like that winning trend will be snapped this year. Before the season began most sportsbook’s gave the Mavs pretty unfavorable odds and Dallas has certainly been living up to that less than stellar prediction.
Like the Mavericks, the Suns also find themselves in an unfavorable situation. Of the last 15 games in which they’ve competed, Phoenix has only been able to come out on top 5 times. Currently the Suns have a 12-26 record which ranks them 14th in the Western Conference. The Suns have missed out on the playoffs for the last 6 seasons and are on pace to deliver their third consecutive losing season.
The Suns are currently averaging 105.9 points per game and have a 44.5 shooting percentage. Additionally, Phoenix allows 111.9 points and the Suns’ opposition make 46.7% or their shots.
Dallas is netting 95.1 points per contest and is shooting with a 43.1% success rate. On the other side, the Mavs are giving up 100.7 points per game and their opponents drain 47.3% of their shots.