Mavericks vs. Hawks - 12/22/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (19-7) at Dallas Mavericks (20-8)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSOH, FSSW
The Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks square off Monday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Atlanta Hawks have won 12 of their last 13 games and will wrap up a three-game road trip. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103 points on 47.3 percent shooting and are allowing 97 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds while Al Horford is averaging 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds. Kyle Korver is shooting 51.9 percent from the field and DeMarre Carroll is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks continue to impress defensively, as they’re allowing 42 percent shooting in their last five games and have allowed less than 100 points in eight of their last nine games. The Hawks have also won six of their last seven road games SU. Jeff Teague is questionable with a hamstring injury.
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The Dallas Mavericks have won four of their last five games and continue to ease in Rajon Rondo. On the season, the Mavs are averaging 109.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting and are allowing 102.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Monta Ellis is averaging 21.3 points and 4.6 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.6 points and 5.8 rebounds. Chandler Parsons is shooting 44.8 percent from the field and Tyson Chandler is grabbing 11.6 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks continue their lights out offense, which is shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from deep in their last five games. The Mavs have the best scoring offense in the league and hope to take that next step with Rondo now on the court. The Mavericks are also 10-4 SU this season at home.
The Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
These are two of the hotter teams in the league that have been great against the spread for much of the season. I have to take the points here, as the Hawks have a shot to win outright, especially with the way they've been playing over the last month.