Detroit Pistons vs Dallas Mavericks betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA game on NBA TV. The Mavericks are hoping to improve on a abysmal road record against one of the worst teams in the NBA the Pistons. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Pistons, they find new ways to surprise us. They’re coming off an embarrassing 140-110 home loss to the New York Knicks, the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA. The Pistons allowed a total of 16 threes, Julius Randle torched them for 36 points.
If a player like Randle can drop 36 on them, can you imagine what kind of a night Luka Doncic will have? Detroit has just 3 wins in 10 home games this season. December is a month that hasn’t been particularly kind to them dating back to last season, they have only 1 win in their last 18 games played in this month. However, there is one stat worth mentioning that could give optimism to those who are considering backing the Pistons here – they are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs Western Conference opponents.
The Mavs have been really disappointing on the road this season with just 1 win in 8 games, so tonight’s game is a perfect opportunity to turn things around. This team is coming off an impressive home win over the Warriors 116-113. Luka Doncic had another historic stat line with 41 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds. If his team had a better record than the 10 – 10 mark right now, he would definitely be in the MVP conversation.
Dallas has 5 wins in a row against the Pistons, they’ve also covered in 5 of the last 6 meetings. That’s not really surprising considering they are going up against the 2nd worst defensive rating in the NBA. The Mavs team has no injury worries at the moment, which is a rare sight these days in the NBA.
On paper 7.5 points might look like a lot, but in reality, the Mavs should be able to cover this. After all, the Knicks just destroyed the Pistons by 30 points on their own floor. Their last 2 losses have been by 8 or more points. Pick Dallas to cover here.
Detroit Pistons vs Dallas Mavericks Predictions & Odds
Even the slower paced Mavs should have themselves a solid offensive night here. As we saw in Detroit’s last game they allowed the worst three-point shooting in the NBA to destroy them from the perimeter. This team has a 117.8 defensive rating this season, only the San Antonio Spurs are worse in that category.
Dallas ranks 12th in offensive rating, despite playing one of the slowest paces in the league this year. They are 12-8 on the O/U this season, while the Pistons are 13-10. If we look at head-to-head meetings we can also notice the over cashing 4 times in the last 5 games, including 4 in 5 played at Little Ceasars Palace. I’m expecting a big night from Luka Doncic here, nobody on the Pistons team is capable of stepping in front of him and slowing him down. Back the points.