Dallas Mavericks (2-1) at Atlanta Hawks (1-2)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm (State Farm Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +2 -- Over/Under: 233 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks meet Wednesday in NBA action at the State Farm Arena.
The Dallas Mavericks look for their first road victory of the season to build on their 2-1 record. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 118.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 122 points on 52.7 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 18.3 points and 4.3 assists while Wesley Matthews is averaging 18 points and 2.7 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan is the third double-digit scorer and Dwight Powell is dishing two assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 54.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.3 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost each of their last six road games.
The Atlanta Hawks look to get back to a .500 record when they play their first home game of the season. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 119 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 122.7 points on 48.3 percent shooting. Trae Young is averaging 23 points and 8.3 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 21 points and 5.3 rebounds. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Omari Spellman is grabbing two rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 40.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost seven of their last nine home games.
The Mavericks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southwest, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta and 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
The Dallas Mavericks are obviously the better team here, but they've been extremely poor on the defensive side, which includes being dead last in the league in field goal percentage and three point percentage allowed. The Atlanta Hawks are a fast pace team that shoots a solid percentage from deep and has a player in Young who seems to be comfortable quick with his shot at this level. First home game, national TV, you can bet these young Hawks will be playing with some pep in their step. The Mavs better improve defensively or this one will get away from them. I'll take the free bucket with the home team.