Mavericks vs. Hornets - 2/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (22-31) at Dallas Mavericks (37-20)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -10.5 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
TV: SPSO, FSSW
The Charlotte Hornets and Dallas Mavericks play Sunday at the American Airlines Center.
The Charlotte Hornets hope to snap a four-game skid and get back in the playoff race. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 94.3 points on 42.2 percent shooting and are allowing 96.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Al Jefferson is averaging 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds while Gerald Henderson is averaging 11.2 points and 2.5 assists. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Lance Stephenson is dishing 4.9 assists. The Charlotte Hornets truly miss Kemba Walker, as they’re shooting less than 42 percent from the field in their last five games. The good news for the Hornets is that Mo Williams had 24 points and 12 assists in his debut in a Saturday loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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The Dallas Mavericks hope to keep rolling after winning five of their last eight games. On the season, the Mavs are averaging 106.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting and are allowing 101 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Monta Ellis is averaging 19.4 points and 4.5 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.1 points and six rebounds. Tyson Chandler is grabbing 11.9 rebounds and Rajon Rondo is dishing 6.3 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting just 40.1 percent from the field in their last five games but have topped 100 points in six of their last nine games. The Mavs are 18-9 SU on their home court. Amar'e Stoudemire is probable for his Dallas debut, and Chandler Parsons is expected to miss this game with injury.
The Hornets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Mavericks are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Dallas.
I'm not laying this type of chalk with a Hornets team that's covered a lot of numbers on the road. Instead, I'm taking the over assuming that the Mavs are going to get back on track offensively. Also, the over has covered in four of the last five games between these two teams when playing in Texas.