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Mavericks vs. Pistons - 3/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Pistons (32-31) at Dallas Mavericks (33-31)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSDT, FSSW

The Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks meet Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center.

The Detroit Pistons look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 101.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points on 46 percent shooting. Reggie Jackson is averaging 19.2 points and 6.2 assists while Tobias Harris is averaging 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds. Andre Drummond is grabbing 15.1 rebounds and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is dishing 1.7 assists. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65 percent from the free throw line. The Pistons are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have lost five of their last seven road games.

Mavericks vs. Pistons - 3/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks also need a win after losing nine of their last 14 games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 102.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 45 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.9 points and 6.5 rebounds while Chandler Parsons is averaging 13.5 points and 2.6 assists. Deron Williams is dishing 5.5 assists and Wesley Matthews is grabbing three rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Mavericks are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost six of their last 10 home games.

The Pistons are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central. The Pistons are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings. 

The Dallas Mavericks need to protect home court if they're going to clinch a playoff spot, and the Pistons continue to struggle outside of Detroit. Dallas has the shooting to give an inconsistent Detroit team issues, so I'll side with the home team and small number.

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Dallas Mavericks -2.5

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