Check out our free Hawks vs Mavericks pick and preview for this NBA game in Dallas. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Hawks vs Mavericks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Atlanta Hawks at Dallas Mavericks
- Where: Dallas at American Airlines Center
- Date: Wednesday, January 18th
- Betting Odds DAL -4, ATL +139 | DAL -167 O/U 232.5
So far, the Hawks have put together an overall record of 22-22, while going 18-25-1 vs the spread. Against the Mavericks, the Hawks are looking to add to their current 3 game winning streak. Team has an average scoring margin of 7.0 in these matchups.
The Hawks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Heat by a score of 121-113. Heading into the game, they were 1 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Atlanta played well enough in the second half to prevent the Heat from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 20 going into halftime. In the win, Dejounte Murray led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 64.7%.
The Mavericks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 24-21. So far, the team has gone 15-28-2 against the spread. Dallas will take the court having lost 2 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -17.0 points per game.
Not only did the Mavericks drop their last game to the Trail Blazers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 140-123 as 9 point underdogs. The game got home from Dallas in the 2nd half, as the Trail Blazers extended their 7 point halftime lead to grab a 17 point win. Leading the team in scoring was Spencer Dinwiddie, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 46.7% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Going back to last season, the Hawks and Mavericks split their season series, with each team picking up a win at home. The average point total across the two games was 190.5 points. Last year, the Hawks saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Mavericks, averaging 103.5 points per game. Like the Hawks, the Mavericks scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 95.0 points per game vs Atlanta. In terms of betting, Atlanta has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Dallas. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +3 points per game in favor of the Hawks. In these contests, they averaged a combined 217 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Atlanta is averaging 115.1 points per contest. This figure places them 11th in the league. Coming into today’s game, the Hawks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.5 made 3’s per game. Atlanta appears to be a candidate to have some offensive regression as not only are they a below average outside shooting unit, but they are generating free-throws at a rate below the NBA average.
Currently, the Hawks defense is ranked 21st in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.38 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Hawks offense has primarily worked through Trae Young and Dejounte Murray who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 39 games, Young is 13th in the NBA at 27.4 points per game. So far, him and Murray have accounted for 42% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 47.8 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Dejounte Murray is grabbing 5.5 rebounds for Atlanta to go along with 6.1 assists.
This season, the Dallas offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 112.7 points per game. One area that the Dallas offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 19.6 made free-throws per contest. Dallas is a strong candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only are they a good outside shooting unit, but they do a good job taking care of the ball, ranking 2nd in fewest turnovers per game.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Mavericks are giving up an average of 104.72 points per game, good for 2nd in the NBA.
On offense, Luka Doncic leads the Mavericks in scoring at 33.8 points per game, placing him 1st in the NBA. Overall, Doncic has hit 49.8% of his shots while accounting for 27.4% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 13th in points allowed to point-guards. At 18.3 points per game, Christian Wood is the 2nd leading scorer for the Mavericks. For the season, he is 60th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 53.5%.
Hawks vs Mavericks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hawks +4
- Free Total Prediction: Over 232.5
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