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Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Mavericks (17-8) at Detroit Pistons (5-20)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)

The Line: Detroit Pistons +6.5 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Mavericks head to The Palace to battle the Detroit Pistons on NBA Wednesday.

The Dallas Mavericks are looking for their ninth win in their last 12 outings after blowing past the lowly Knicks in a 107-87 rout last night. In a balanced scoring effort, Dirk Nowitzki scored a team-high 16 points in just 23 minutes while Monta Ellis added 14 points as the Mavs battled with the pesky Knicks for most of the game before pulling away late. The bench players really shone in this one, combining for 50 points including 10 and 11 points respectively from JJ Barea and Devin Harris. With the win, Dallas improves to 18-8 on the season and 9-4 on the road.

Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons bounced back from a 13-game losing streak with a couple wins on the trot, but they fell right back to earth when t hey got routed by the Clippers by 113-91 on Monday. Jodie Meeks had a nice game of 20 points off the bench while Andre Drummond added 18 points and 13 rebounds, but this game was over before the fourth quarter as the Pistons fell behind by as many as 27 points in this one-sided affair. With the loss, Detroit falls to 5-20 overall and 3-9 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Mavs are 57-25 ATS in their last 82 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Pistons are 16-36 ATS in their last 52 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Head to head, the Mavs are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Over is 6-0 in the last six meetings in Detroit.

Interestingly, the Mavs are 0-4 ATS in their last four games playing on the second night of a back to back set, so this game might be closer than you think. However, coach Carlisle was able to give his key starters plenty of rest in last night's win, so I'm think the Mavs can buck the trend and win by double digits tonight.

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Dallas -6.5

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