On Tuesday, the Indiana Pacers and the Dallas Mavericks will battle at American Airlines Center. With just a few weeks left in the regular season, the Pacers will try to keep their hopes of making the playoffs alive, while the Mavericks will aim to improve their position in the Western Conference standings.
This blog post will examine the pre-game information, including injury updates, and offer our professional NBA picks and forecasts for this game.
Both teams have some injury concerns heading into this game.
The Pacers will be without SG Kendall Brown, who is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to address a right tibia stress fracture.
On the other hand, the Mavericks will miss SF Davis Bertans, who has been ruled out due to a calf injury. PF Maxi Kleber is also questionable for this game due to a hamstring issue.
We predict the Mavericks will come out on top in this matchup, with a final score of Pacers 122 and Mavericks 131.
Dallas has been strong at home this season, and they have a potent offensive attack that should be able to take advantage of the Pacers’ 12th-worst 3-point defense.
On the other hand, Indiana has struggled to score in the first quarter, which could put them behind early on in this game.
Regarding the moneyline, we believe the Mavericks are the better bet in this matchup. Dallas has been lethal from beyond the arc and at the free-throw line this season, ranking third in both categories.
In addition, with their strong home record and a favorable matchup against the Pacers’ defense, we believe the Mavericks will score enough points to secure the win.
Against the Spread:
While both teams have struggled against the spread recently, we think the Mavericks will cover the spread in this game.
The Pacers have a poor record ATS against teams with winning home records, and the Mavericks have a strong home record this season.
Therefore, we predict that Dallas will win by at least 6.5 points, making the Mavericks +6.5 a solid bet in this matchup.
We expect this game to be high-scoring, with both teams putting up a lot of points. Dallas has averaged 125 points per game since the All-Star break, while Indiana has put up 129.5 points during that same span.
While we don’t expect that output level to continue indefinitely, we believe both teams will have a solid offensive performance in this matchup. As a result, we predict that the total score will go OVER 236.5 points.