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2021 NBA Handicapping
(6-7) Dallas Mavericks vs. Indiana Pacers (8-5)
Date: Wednesday, January 20th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana, Indianapolis
NBA Moneyline Odds: Mavericks +101 | Pacers -112
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers -1
NBA Betting Total: 219
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Wednesday, January 20th finds the Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers playing their first game of the 2020-21 season.
The Mavericks hold the all-time record between the clubs with 44 wins in 77 meetings. Last season, the clubs played twice each taking one game to split the season series.
With Kristaps Porzingis back in the mix the Mavericks got a kick offensively and some much-needed defensive assistance.
But with numerous players still out it meant the Mavericks haven’t had their core unit available. That led to a 93-116 loss to the Raptors – the third in a row for the Mavericks.
Luka Doncic had a relatively mild game posting a line of 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. His running mate Kristaps Porzingis fared better coming up just short of a double-double with 23 points and nine rebounds.
The trio of Trey Burke, James Johnson, and Jalen Brunson registered double-figures with 17, 15 and 13 points respectively.
The four Mavericks who are out are quarantining due to COVID-19 contact tracing or positive tests. That includes Dwiight Powell, Maxi Kleber, Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith.
If the Mavericks can get through this game they’ll have a bit of an easier schedule to finish this week with games versus the Spurs and Rockets.
The hope is they’ll get back some of the players currently out by next week when the schedule turns as Dallas faces the Nuggets, Jazz twice and Suns — all teams they’ll want to defeat to help their record and placement in the standings.
The Pacers return from a four-game road trip that they split, winning against the Warriors and Blazers while losing to the Kings and Clippers.
They’ll play four at home starting with this game followed by the Magic and two consective games versus the Raptors.
Despite the loss to the Clippers, Domantas Sabonis collected his 13th consecutive double-double. Unfortunately his 19 points and 14 rebounds were one of the few bright spots in the loss.
The main concern is the potential loss of Myles Turner who couldn’t play in LA after injuring (possibly fracturing) his hand versus the Blazers.
After trading Victor Oladipo for Caris LeVert in his medical a small mass on his kidney was discovered. Undeterred the Pacers elected to move ahead with the trade and believe LeVert won’t be out long.
Doug McDermott (23), Malcolm Brogdon (16) and Justin Holiday (15) were the other double-figure scorers in the loss to the Clippers.
As for Wednesday, Jeremy Lamb may make his season debut returning from the knee injury that took him out last season. JaKarr Sampson (back) and Turner are listed as questionable.
TJ Warren (foot surgery), and LeVert (kidney) are out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 10-3 in DAL last 13 vs. NBA Central
- Under is 7-3 in IND last 10 home games
- Over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
The oddsmakers clearly see this as a coin toss since both sides are navigating depleted rosters.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks +1
Ultimately it might come down to which superstar or core you have more comfort in and the Mavericks (at least on paper) have the better talent.
The Pacers have been more reliable but if Turner can’t go Doncic will make them pay for it with ample scoring for himself and his teammates in the paint.
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