Charlotte Hornets vs. Dallas Mavericks - 2/8/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Dallas Mavericks (31-21) at Charlotte Hornets (16-35)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets +3.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.
The Dallas Mavericks need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 116.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 28.8 points and 8.7 assists while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 18.2 points and 9.1 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Seth Curry is dishing 1.8 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.4 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won five of their last eight road games.
The Charlotte Hornets need a win after losing 11 of their last 12 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 103 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 110.8 points on 48 percent shooting. Terry Rozier is averaging 18 points and 4.5 rebounds while Devonte' Graham is averaging 17.9 points and 7.7 assists. Miles Bridges is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Washington is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost seven of their last eight home games.
The Mavericks are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games as a road favorite, 20-7-2 ATS in their last 29 Saturday games and 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 Saturday games. The Mavericks are 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Charlotte. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte.
The Charlotte Hornets obviously have issues they're dealing with and aren't winning or covering games right now. However, the Dallas Mavericks lack depth without Doncic on the floor, and I honestly don't trust them on the end of a back to back, especially after just losing to a bad Washington Wizards team. The Charlotte Hornets are a young, scrappy bunch that competes even if the results don't always indicate it. There's better options on Saturday's NBA card, but if forced to pick, I'd take the free bucket with the home team.