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(17-19) Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets (18-18)
Date: Wednesday, January 2
Time: 7:00PM EST
Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Hornets -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 222.5
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Wednesday, January 2 finds the Dallas Mavericks facing the Charlotte Hornets as they meet for the first time in the 2018-19 regular season. In their last games, the Mavericks played a back to back, home and home series versus the Thunder where the teams each won on their home courts. The Hornets beat the Magic in their New Year’s Eve match.
Last season, the teams split the season series. The Mavericks hold the all-time record having bested the Hornets in 37 of their 55 matches.
In the first game of the home and home, back to back set versus the Thunder five Mavericks scored in double digits. In the victory rookie stand out Luka Doncic (25 points) continued to drop jaws. He put Paul George on skates which is impressive given the former’s defensive ability.
The second game in OKC was a completely different story where the Mavericks didn’t come close to resembling the team who a night prior looked cohesive on both sides of the floor.
OKC forced 29 turnovers and established a 20 point lead which they rode all the way to the finish. Only Harrison Barnes (25) and Doncic (17) scored more than 10 points.
The Mavericks rank 16th offensively and 14th defensively. The thing is if Dallas could channel their home game and take it on the road they’d likely be a top five team. At the American Airlines Center the Mavs are 15-3 but on the road, they are a paltry 2-15.
Wesley Matthews played in OKC but is dealing with a sore foot and may not play in this game.
It was good news, bad news situation for the Hornets in their New Year’s Eve match. Charlotte easily bested the Magic to the tune of a 25 point differential.
However, they lost two core pieces in the match as Jeremy Lamb went down with a hamstring injury and Cody Zeller fractured his hand. Both are starters, so the effect this has on the Hornets especially when they seemed to be finding cohesion is not ideal. Lamb may not miss much time, but Zeller will require a substantial period to heal.
Kemba Walker leads his team in scoring (25.8), assists (6.1) and steals (1.3) and looks like a sure bet for the All-Star game which occurs in Charlotte this year. The key for Charlotte will be finding someone who can consistently help Walker produce offense.
Maybe GM Mitch Kupchak might want to inquire about bringing back Jeremy Lin who thrived beside Walker in his time in Charlotte.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-2 in Mavericks last 9 overall.
- The teams are 5-5 in last 10 head to head contests
- Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The over-under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
Despite the Hornets entering the match down two starters the Mavericks have just two wins on the road this season.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets ATS
Until Dallas prove they can win on the road it’s hard to pick them.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Hornets 114 – Mavericks 110
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