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(11-9) Charlotte Hornets vs. Dallas Mavericks (4-15)
Date: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: CHA -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 191.4
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Monday night NBA sees the Dallas Mavericks hosting the Charlotte Hornets.
The Mavs are a team officially competing for ping pong balls in June (regardless of what owner Mark Cuban says), and the Hornets, despite their recent struggles, are hoping to compete for home-court advantage in the playoffs.
Charlotte began the 2016-17 season looking like a surprise challenger for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. It then hit a slump, but that now looks more like a regression to the mean than a look at this team’s actual potential.
At this point in the campaign, Charlotte is averaging 105.2 points per game. That’s good enough for 11th in the league.
Defensively, the Hornets are giving up 103.2 points per night. That’s good enough for 13th.
Against Dallas, the key will be to contain Harrison Barnes. The Mavs’ leading scorer has had trouble with efficiency at times this season.
Forcing him into difficult looks and not letting him get comfortable off the ball will be what pushes Charlotte over the edge in this one.
Things have gone from bad to worse for the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki, who has missed plenty of time so far this season, is now out indefinitely while he recovers from a sore Achilles.
He’s been a model of consistency and health throughout most of his career, but age has apparently caught up to the 7-footer.
On the year, Dallas is dead last in scoring. The team is averaging 91.8 points per contest.
Defensively, this group has actually found some success. It’s giving up 98.9 points per night, which is good enough to put them in eighth.
Against Charlotte, Dallas needs to find a way to contain Kemba Walker.
The star guard is clearly aiming for his first All-Star Game this season, as he’s averaging 23.8 points, 5.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 42 percent from the three-point line.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games.
- Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Mavericks are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Mavericks are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Mavericks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Mavericks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
The Hornets aren’t exactly on a roll lately, having won three out of their last five contests, but they’re on a completely different level than the Mavericks this season.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: CHA ATS
Give this one to the Hornets, and give it to them by a wide margin despite the Mavs having the always valueable home-court advantage.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Charlotte Hornets 107 – Dallas Mavericks 94
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