Dallas Mavericks at Indiana Pacers - 10/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Mavericks (43-44) at Indiana Pacers (48-41)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -4 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, FSIN
The Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers open the 2016-17 NBA season Wednesday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Dallas Mavericks continue to do what they can to provide Dirk Nowitzki the best chance to win before he decides to retire. During the offseason, the Mavs decided to add Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut and Seth Curry. Those additions have a chance to pay off, but they mean very little if Barnes doesn’t break out of a slump that started with Golden State in the playoffs. In his last five preseason games, Barnes shot just 28.6 percent from the field and missed all 10 threes. Still, Rick Carlisle is one of the better coaches in the NBA and usually finds a way to compete regardless. The Dallas Mavericks hope to make the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Devin Harris and Jose Juan Barea are questionable with injuries.
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The Indiana Pacers begin a new era under head coach Nate McMillan and hope they can make the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons. The Pacers have a nice and underrated starting five that includes Paul George, Monta Ellis, Jeff Teague, Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young. With more scoring options and less pressure on PG13 to carry the load, the Pacers have the potential to be a top-four team in the East this season. To really get over that hump, the Pacers must find some depth behind those guys and that starts with C.J. Miles, Lavoy Allen and Rodney Stuckey. It’s going to be interesting to see if the Pacers still have that defensive intensity with Frank Vogel no longer around. The Indiana Pacers have won four of their last five regular season openers. Aaron Brooks is questionable with a knee injury.
The Mavericks are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Pacers are 10-21 ATS in their last 31 vs. Western Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Indiana and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
The Mavs are going to struggle in this gamedue to all the offensive talent and explosivness the Pacers have. The older and slower Mavericks don't have the firepower to keep up, especially with Barnes missing damn near every shot he takes. The Pacers and the small line is a steal here.