Dallas Mavericks vs Atlanta Hawks betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game on ESPN. Losers of 4 games in their last 5 outings the Mavs host Trae Young and the Hawks who are on a 3-game win streak entering tonight’s game. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
It was a brutal 5-game road trip for the Mavs as they lost 4 of 5 games, including the last two at Moda Center against the Portland Trail Blazers. Defensively they were non-existent in those games allowing 136 and 140 points, Luka Doncic didn’t even play in the last game. He is expected to return tonight as he faces off with the player he was traded for on draft night.
Doncic has proven to be one of the front runners for MVP this year, but with his team seemingly struggling the voters will have a hard time giving him the award. Teams against Eastern Conference have been a problem for Luka and co. all season long, they are just 2-11 SU in the last 13 such games. However, against the Hawks at home they are 4-1 SU in the last 5 meetings and as a result they come into tonight’s game as 3.5-point favorites.
Young and his Hawks are picking up steam just at the right time as we get close to the All-Star break. After this latest 3 game win streak they are now just 1.5 games back of the Miami Heat for the division crown, getting that title would mean an automatic top 4 seed which is a drastic improvement over their current 9th place in the Eastern Conference.
Clint Capela is finally back, he was the key difference in their win over Miami over the weekend holding Adebayo to just 20 points. The Interior defense will now improve a lot with him present, that’s been the Achilles heel of this team the entire season so far. The key to winning tonight’s game will be Trae Young though. In his last 2 vs Dallas he’s had just 19 and 17 points, without a 30-point game from him the Hawks fans can’t hope for much here.
Luka plays extremely well on 3+ days rest, so I’m expecting a big game from him tonight. The Hawks are on a solid run right now, but Dallas is 16-6 SU in home games and has beaten Atlanta in 4 of 5 meetings there. Back the Mavs.
Dallas Mavericks vs Atlanta Hawks Predictions & Odds
With the defensive improvements after Capela’s comeback, I’m expecting the next few Hawks games to go down in the scoring department. Will that trend start tonight? I think so. The last 6 of 8 meetings between these teams have gone under the total, while an average of 219.4 points per game has been scored in the last 10 games. After back-to-back games of 130+ points allowed in Portland, you can bet on Jason Kidd and his coaching staff making it an emphasis to defend here.
Dallas ranks only 23rd in defensive efficiency, those type of numbers won’t get them far once the postseason gets here. They seem to have the recipe against Trae Young, Atlanta’s roster isn’t deep enough to cope with their best player having an off shooting night. All in all, I’m expecting a low scoring game here, so back the under.