New Orleans Hornets at Dallas Mavericks NBA
Time: 8:35PM ET TV: NBA PPV
The New Orleans Hornets are on the road to take on the Dallas Mavericks in a late season game with playoff positioning at stake. The LVSC send out number has the home team Mavericks at a 5-point favorite with the over under coming in at 194. There has been strong early play on the Mavericks as they are currently a 7-point favorite at Bookmaker.com. The total has been bet upward as there has been a 2-point line movement on the over under as it sits currently at 196. The Dallas Mavericks sit tied in the 8th seed with the Utah Jazz and are just 1 game behind the 6th seed New Orleans Hornets. There is plenty of motivation for teams to avoid finishing 8th in the Western Conference because the LA Lakers as the clinched #1 seed in the Western Conference has talent that greatly exceeds the #2 seeded Denver Nuggets. The Hornets are 2-0 straight up versus the Mavericks this season winning 104-97 on the Mavericks home court back on January 14th and they defeated Dallas 104-88 in New Orleans. The teams will meet again on Sunday in New Orleans. The Hornets have a difficult schedule, as they must meet playoff teams in their final 4 of the season. The Hornets are missing 2 key players from their lineup as Tyson Chandler and James Posey have missed multiple games due to injury. Chandler has been listed out for the game versus the Mavericks, and there is a small possibility that James Posey could return. The Hornets are losers of 3 of their past 4 games and have given up 105 points or more in those defeats. The Hornets have struggled recently against running teams dropping games to New York, squeaking out a 1 point win at Sacrament, losing to Golden St and losing a home game to Phoenix in recent games. Dallas has won 2 straight at home by margin as they defeated Phoenix by 24 and Utah by 29 during this three game home stand. Live in game bettors take note that New Orleans is last in the league in 2nd quarter road scoring averaging only 22.26 points per game on the road in the second quarter. The Mavericks are second in the league in free throw shooting averaging 82.3% from the line.
Trend: Dallas is 9-4 ATS in their past 13 home games
The Wagerline consensus has 51.2% of the bettors on Dallas -7
The Wagerline consensus has 54.4% of the bettors playing over 194