Free NBA Pick: Mavericks vs Hornets Lines
Looking for Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Mavs taking on the Hornets on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
() Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets (10-8)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 1
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center – Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: CHA -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 194
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The Charlotte Hornets’ season has really flipped since the start of the year. At one point, they looked like the Eastern Conference’s best chance at challenging the Cleveland Cavaliers — or at least the team with the best chance at earning the No. 2 seed. Now, they’re just two wins above .500.
The Dallas Mavericks, on the other hand, have struggled all season and it would be shocking to see them even reach .500 by the time the 2016-17 campaign comes to a close.
*All statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
It’s been a rough year for the Mavericks. Health has been a problem, the offense has been atrocious and the defense hasn’t been good enough to make up the difference.
So far this season, Dallas is 30th in points per game, scoring just 91.5 points per night. In terms of offensive efficiency, things don’t get much better, as the team is 28th ahead of only the lowly Philadelphia 76ers and even lowlier Orlando Magic.
Defensively, Dallas has been decent, allowing just 100.4 points per contest, which is good enough for 10th in the Association. Their defensive efficiency, however, drops to 16th.
True, that 16th mark ties them with the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers. The catch, of course, is that the Cavs’ offense has performed at historical levels thus far, more than making up the difference.
Against Charlotte, don’t expect Dallas’ offense to suddenly find its touch. Devin Harris is expected to make his season debut, but it would be shocking if the 33-year-old made any sort of dent on that side of the court.
Instead, the objective will be to do whatever it takes to slow down Kemba Walker. The point guard is playing with determination to finally make an All-Star Game, so trapping, double-teaming and whatever else it takes to contain him will be what makes or breaks the Mavs’ chances.
We could be kind toward the Mavericks here and say that anything could happen when it comes to their offense.
Okay, maybe we’re already too far gone to do that (see: Mavs section above).
Against Charlotte, however, there’s really no room for optimism when it comes to a Dallas offensive outlier. The Hornets have been one of the best defensive teams this season.
Charlotte is ninth in defensive efficiency and 12th in points allowed. Those numbers don’t jump off the page as necessarily being elite, but they have defenders at each position who can make life difficult and maybe just as importantly, they’ve been able to use an improved offense to take pressure off that defense during parts of any given game.
The problem for the Hornets is that they’re now trying to make up for a lull in their season-long success. After their hot start to the year (6-1), the team lost two, won two, then lost four.
Since then, the team has gone 2-1 to reach its current 10-8 record, but a recent blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons makes it hard to believe this team is fully back at this juncture.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Mavericks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Mavericks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Mavericks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Hornets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
- Hornets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
- Hornets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
Until the Mavs truly prove us wrong, we just can’t put our faith in them.
And we especially can’t put our money toward them.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: CHA ATS
Give this one to the hometown favorites by double digits.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Charlotte 113 – Dallas 98
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