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Atlanta Hawks vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/23/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Mavericks (9-24) at Atlanta Hawks (7-25)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks +2.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds

TV: KTXA

The Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks meet Saturday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.

The Dallas Mavericks could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 99.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 102.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.4 points and 4.1 assists. J.J. Barea is the third double-digit scorer and Wesley Matthews is dishing 2.8 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost seven straight road games.

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/23/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Hawks also need a victory after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 19.4 points and 6.7 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 13 points and 5.3 rebounds. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Marco Belinelli is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost five of their last seven home games.

The Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Hawks are 19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Mavericks are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

Both of these teams are horrible, and I'm not trying to get behind either one. However, the Dallas Mavericks have been in better form overall and have covered five of their last seven on the road. The Hawks are still without their best player in Schroder and are fresh off a brutal loss to the OKC Thunder. Give me the Mavs, and I'll lay the bucket.

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