Dallas Mavericks vs Charlotte Hornets Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-2-2018




Dallas Mavericks (17-19) vs Charlotte Hornets (18-18)

Date : 01/02/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Dallas Mavericks vs Charlotte Hornets

The Dallas Mavericks will look to end their offensive woes versus the Charlotte Hornets in a matchup on Wednesday night at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Mavericks have only won two of their last 10 games, overall, has he suffered a 20-point defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder  on the road in their last outing as the Thunder took a 17-point lead at the half  due to their hot shooting in the first half while the Mavericks shot dismal, once again, at 41% for the night en route to yet another loss on the road.

On the other hand, the Charlotte Hornets picked up a win vs. the Orlando Magic not only scored at least 125 points in three of their last four outings, overall, but were able to win their second of three games versus the Orlando Magic as they shot 49% from the floor while also hitting 11 3-pointers in the much-needed victory. The Mavericks,are 4-0  against the spread the last four meetings at Spectrum Center while the other has been the play in 10 of the last 15 meetings in Charlotte, overall,  amongst these two teams.

 

Dallas Mavericks's Latest Performance :

The Dallas Mavericks defense continues to stink it up on the road as they allowed 120 points or more for their 5th straight road game as the Oklahoma City Thunder were able to take advantage of a lackluster defensive showing from the visitors as they shot 45% on the night while holding the Mavericks to only 40% shooting throughout the contest with the Mavericks committing a whopping 26 turnovers. DeAndre Jordan along with Luka Doncic were responsible for 11 of these turnovers as he ended the game with 17 points along with six rebounds. Harrison Barnes, however, when 8-11 from the field along with 6-7 from long range in which to lead the team with 25 points along with pulling down five boards for a Dallas team that simply cannot get anything going on the offensive end throughout the entirety of the contest.

Russell Westbrook pumped in yet another triple-double with 32 points while Paul George returned from injury in which to score 22 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder presents its double-digit scores in all for the game. As if things could not get better for Dallas, they will now play game 2 of a four-game road trip versus the Charlotte Hornets play on Wednesday night while also looking to pick up a much-needed victory on the road. The problem is that the Mavericks continue to show little to no fight on the road, particularly on the defensive end, recently, or throughout the season.

 

Charlotte Hornets's Latest Performance :

The Hornets were able to get back on the winning track after a deflating loss to the Washington Wizards on the road in what was a high-scoring defeat, as they were able to follow a 126 point offensive output night versus the Wizards with a 125 point night verses an Orlando team which allowed them to shoot 49% from the floor along with 44% from three-point range as Kemba Walker led the team with 24 points along with seven assists while Malik Monk score 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Hornets won their fourth straight home game, overall.

The Hornets also put in a much better defensive performance as they allowed only 41% shooting for the Orlando Magic in this contest as Aaron Gordon along with Nikola Vucevic shot terribly from the floor in going 11-30 for the night as they ended with 14 and 12 points, respectively, for Orlando. In all, the Charlotte Hornets are losers  of three of their last five games, total, and will certainly need a win versus a struggling Dallas team, particularly on the road, in which to pick up some much-needed momentum at a critical point in the season. Of course, when one considers that the Mavericks are losers of the last seven road games, outright, one has to say that the Hornets certainly have a decent chance of pulling out a victory in this contest on Wednesday night.

 

How Dallas Mavericks & Charlotte Hornets Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Dallas is 22 – 14 against the spread while the OU is 20 – 16

Charlotte is 19 – 17 against the spread while the OU is 20 – 16

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will certainly be an interesting matchup as the Dallas Mavericks will suit up, once again, in which to pick up a much-needed road victory versus a Charlotte team that has been picking up momentum at home. On the other hand, the Hornets will certainly like to extend their success from a dominating performance versus the Orlando Magic at Spectrum Center in their last outing. In all, one should certainly expect the pace to be up tempo in this matchup as both teams are known to put points on the board.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:   Charlotte Hornets

My reason for the pick :

 

While it would be important to note that in the last seven road losses for the Mavericks, these defeats came by an average of 6 points.  It would also be important to state that the Hornets are coming off of a dominating performance versus the Orlando Magic at home, as stated, and will certainly be looking for similar results versus Dallas team that simply has shown that they do not have it on either side of the floor on the road. It is for this reason that I expect the Hornets to get to Dallas early and often in this matchup, which includes pushing the pace constantly in which to obtain buckets in transition en route to a victory, their third in four games.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

I will back the over in this contest as the Mavericks has shown no semblance of being able to play defense on a consistent basis on the road. On the other hand, Charlotte will allow some scoring opportunities to the Dallas Mavericks throughout this game, yet, will buckle down, when needed, in which to maintain a lead throughout this contest. Nonetheless, one should certainly look to the over as being the strong play in this matchup.

Betting trends for Dallas Mavericks:

  • Over is 4-0 in Mavericks last 4 games following a ATS loss.
    Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
    Over is 6-1 in Mavericks last 7 games following a straight up loss.

Betting trends for Charlotte Hornets:

  • Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
    Hornets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
    Over is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 games following a ATS win.

Falepa

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