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Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks - 1/31/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit, Michigan
The Line
The Line: Detroit Pistons -2.5 -- Over/Under: 208
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The Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons meet Thursday in NBA action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Dallas Mavericks look for a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 109.6 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 109.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 20.5 points and 5.4 assists while Harrison Barnes is averaging 17.6 points and 4.2 rebounds. Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.8 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost four of their last six road games.

The Detroit Pistons could use a win here after losing four of their last five games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 105.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 26.3 points and 8.1 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 16.5 points and 14.8 rebounds. Reggie Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Reggie Bullock is dishing 2.5 assists. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have lost six of their last nine home games.

The Mavericks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pistons are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Pistons last 6 overall. The under is 5-1 in Mavericks last 6 overall.

The Dallas Mavericks just beat the Pistons last week, a game in which they made 14 threes and held Detroit to 41.2 percent shooting. Sure, the Mavs have had issues on the road all season long and the Pistons are the more rested team. However, the Pistons are also highly inconsistent and are losing by an average of 5.4 points in their last five games due to an offense that still has trouble cracking 100 points. Road issues or not, the Dallas Mavericks are a better team than the Detroit Pistons and should win this game due to Detroit's inability to score. I'll take the free bucket with the better team. 

Dallas Mavericks +2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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