In this multi-conference battle, two teams coming off opposite outcomes in their latest matchups are clashing, when the Dallas Mavericks (24-28), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (26-27), who saw a small winning streak end and are looking to bounce back.
Date/Time: 02-06-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Dallas Mavericks -5
Dallas Mavericks have a 24-28 record (32-19-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the West. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Cavaliers with a 111-98 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 20.7 ppg, adding 7 boards and 5.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Harrison Barnes with 17.8 ppg and 4.2 boards per game.
Charlotte Hornets have a 26-27 record (27-26 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Clippers with a 115-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 24.7 ppg, adding 4.3 boards and a team high 5.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 14.9 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Mavericks won on the road with an 84-112 score. Mavericks have a 18-7 home record, while the Hornets are 7-18 on the road. Hornets are better offensively, scoring 111.6 ppg to Mavs’ 109.3, while Mavericks are better defensively, allowing 108.7 pgg to Hornets’ 111.3. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (45.2% to 45.1%), while Hornets have a better 3-point percentage (35.8% to 34.6%). Mavericks are better in boards grabbed (46 to 44.4), while Hornets are better in dimes made (23.5 to 22.6) and in turnovers committed (12.1 to 14.8). Mavericks have been very strong at home this season and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the win tonight.
Charlotte Hornets vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction: Dallas Mavericks -5 (-109)
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