The Hornets are favored at home in basketball betting against the Mavericks but it may not be an easy game for New Orleans considering how well Dallas is playing. Here are some important numbers to consider for this marquee matchup.
NBA betting had the Mavericks playing last night at home versus Utah so the Hornets do have the scheduling advantage. Dallas has proven to NBA betting fans they can win on the road. They went on to Los Angeles and won against the Lakers and the Clippers in NBA betting. "Our defense was good both games," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "We have to continue with that and we have areas where we can get better defensively as well. Offensively, we need to execute better. We didn't execute as well in the Clipper game as we did in the Laker game, so we're a work in progress. Every day we have to get stuff done and get better, and we will."
The Mavericks have an interesting team this NBA betting season. They have All-Star Dirk Nowitzki but they also have Shawn Marion and a talented bench led by Jason Terry. Dallas is not as good as they are going to be either in NBA betting. The Mavericks have been without Josh Howard and Drew Gooden. Both players could return soon and they would help Dallas’ basketball betting chances.
This will be the second time already in this NBA betting season that the Mavericks will have played in a back-to-back situation. Jason Terry likes those situations though. "I kind of like back-to-backs because that means you don't have to practice.” Terry said.
The Hornets have beaten the Mavericks in 7 of their last 10 meetings. New Orleans is 6-4 against the NBA betting pointspread in those games. The last NBA betting meeting between the two teams was last April as the Hornets won 102-92 at home as four-point basketball betting favorites. New Orleans has won the last five NBA betting meetings at home against Dallas and they are 4-1 against the spread. Two of the last meetings between the two teams have gone under the NBA betting total. Five of the last seven overall between the two have gone under in basketball betting.