Charlotte Hornets (32-41) at Dallas Mavericks (22-50)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +1 -- Over/Under: 214.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks play host to the Charlotte Hornets at the American Airlines Center on Saturday night.
The Charlotte Hornets have lost eight of their last 12 games but they will be aiming for a third straight win after blowing past the hapless Grizzlies in a 140-79 rout on Thursday. Kemba Walker drained a career-best 10 three-pointers to lead the team with 46 points, Marvin Williams added 15 points while Jeremy Lamb chipped in with 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Hornets shot 53 percent from the field and 19 of 40 from the three-point line as they ambushed the Grizzlies from the tipoff and led by 37-14 after the first quarter before cruising the rest of the way. With the massive win, Charlotte improved to 32-41 overall and 20-17 at home.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have lost 12 of their last 16 games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after falling to the Jazz in a 119-112 loss on Thursday. JJ Barea led the team with 23 points and eight assists, Harrison Barnes added 21 points while Yogi Ferrell chipped in with 20 points off the bench. As a team, the Mavericks shot 49 percent from the field and 17 of 32 from the three-point line but they just couldn't get enough stops after falling behind by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter. With the loss, Dallas dropped to 22-50 overall and 14-23 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a win and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 against the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record, 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 9-21 ATS in their last 30 games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings, the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Dallas and the Hornets are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
Dwight Howard had to sit out the Hornets' last game after picking up his 16th technical on Wednesday, but that didn't seem to slow down the Hornets who put on a show in their biggest win of the season. The Mavericks haven't been able to buy a win lately but they're 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven against the Hornets. This one could go either way, but I'm sticking with the Hornets to pick up a third straight win in this one.