Indiana Pacers vs. Dallas Mavericks 10/18/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction
Dallas Mavericks at Indiana Pacers
Saturday October 18
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The Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers will play a preseason game Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Dallas Mavericks have split their first four preseason games, which includes a win Friday over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dirk Nowitzki looks to be in regular season form the last couple of games, scoring 32 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Monta Ellis returned from injury in Friday’s matchup, scoring 13 points and dishing out eight assists. Meanwhile, Tyson Chandler continues to struggle from the field, as he’s a combined 1-10 in his last two games. Jameer Nelson seems to be the Mavs starting point guard with the way he’s been playing, as he’s produced a combined 26 points and 13 assists in his last two contests. The Dallas Mavericks have improved with each preseason game.
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The Indiana Pacers are 1-3 in the preseason, have lost three straight games and this will be their first contest since Wednesday. The Pacers continue to struggle finding playmakers on the offensive end, as they’ve shot 40 percent or under in two of their last three games. Chris Copeland is coming off a 16-point performance and he’s scored a combined 22 points in his last two games. George Hill has probably been the most consistent player for the Pacers, as he’s a combined 9-17 from the field in his last two games. Roy Hibbert looks to be in better shape than last season and is more aggressive offensively, producing 21 points in his last two games. With the injury the Paul George, the Indiana Pacers are just looking for answers.
Tough to back the Indiana Pacers and the chalk against a Dallas team that can fill up the stat sheet at will. I'll take the Mavs and the points.