The NBA is set up with an action packed schedule throughout Wednesday. Nine games are up on the board throughout February 10. One of these games will be between the Atlanta Hawks and the Dallas Mavericks. These two teams have struggled throughout the early portion of this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
The Hawks have put up a record of 11-12 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta is coming off a win in their last game, which ended a three game losing streak. The Hawks are only two games ahead of the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat, which are outside the playoff picture. Atlanta will look to grab a win in this one.
Dallas has earned a record of 11-14 throughout the early part of this season, which has them in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. The Mavericks have won back to back games and three of their last four. Dallas now only sits a game back from the playoff picture. The Mavericks will look to grab a big win in this one on Wednesday night.
These two teams have struggled a bit this season, which has both teams under .500. Both teams find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt this season, which is between ten teams. The Hawks and the Mavericks are filled with young talent and will look to take over in this one. If either team can come out hot on February 10, it could be enough for the win.
The Hawks and the Mavericks met up twice throughout last season. The first game was on February 1 in Dallas. John Collins dropped 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Kevin Huerter had 20 points. It was not enough for Atlanta though. Jalen Brunson finished with 27 points and 8 rebounds and Dorian Finney-Smith scored 22 points. Dallas was able to sneak away with a 123-100 win at home.
The second game of the season series shifted to Atlanta on February 22. Tim Hardaway dropped 33 points and Seth Curry finished with 22 points. John Collins scored 35 points and 17 rebounds on the night. Trae Young put up 25 points and 10 assists, while Cam Reddish dropped 20 points on the night. The Hawks finished out this one with a 111-107 win.
The first game of this season’s series was in Atlanta on February 3. John Collins finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Kevin Huerter and Trae Young both scored 21 points, but it was not enough. Luka Doncic dropped 27 points, 14 assists and 8 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis put up 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points off the bench. The Mavericks finished with a 122-116 win.
These two teams have met three times throughout this season and last. The Mavericks have been able to win two of those three games entering this one. Dallas was able to win the first game of this season’s series and will look to sweep the season series with a win on Wednesday night. The Hawks had a great performance in February 3’s game, but will need to do a bit better on defense.
Field Goal Shooting
Atlanta has not been great shooting the ball throughout the early part of this season. The Hawks have been able to make around 44.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 25th in the league. Atlanta has also shot 35.9 percent from behind the arc, which is 17th in the NBA. The Hawks are shooting 82 percent from the charity stripe, which is 4th in the league.
The Mavericks have not been great from the field early in this season either. Dallas has been able to make 45.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 17th in the NBA. The Mavericks have been able to shoot 33.8 percent from deep this season, which is 30th in the league. Dallas is shooting 77.5 percent from the free throw line, which is 14th in the NBA.
These two teams have not been great shooting the ball throughout this season. The Hawks have been stronger on the defensive side though. Atlanta is holding their opponents to a 44.7 percent shooting percentage, which is 6th in the league. The Mavericks have been slightly better shooting the ball, but will need to find some rhythm from behind the arc.
Trae Young has been the leader for this young Hawks team this season. Young is averaging 26.5 points and 9 assists per game this season. John Collins has averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds per game. Clint Capela is averaging 13.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Kevin Huerter has averaged 12.5 points per game, while Cam Reddish is averaging 11.5 points per game. Danilo Gallinari has averaged 10.5 points per game to round out the lineup.
Luka Doncic has continued to play at an elite level for Dallas. Doncic has averaged 28 points, 9.5 assists and 8.5 rebounds per game. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 20 points per game and 8.5 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. has averaged 17.5 points per game, while Josh Richardson is averaging 13 points. Jalen Brunson has averaged 11 points per game rounding out this lineup.
These two teams have been led by their stars early in this season. The Hawks have had a nice spread of scoring behind Trae Young this season, which has them in a playoff spot. Doncic has been dominate throughout this season. Kristaps Porzingis has played well since returning from injury. The Mavericks will look for Doncic and Porzingis to lead them in this one.
Dallas has struggled throughout the early part of this season, but they will look to keep up their recent stretch of success in this one. The Mavericks have been showing improvements on the defensive end, which they will look to propel them to the win. Luka Doncic and Trae Young should go toe to toe, but I like Kristaps Porzingis to help give the Mavericks the edge.
BetOnline has Dallas listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Mavericks at home. I agree with this line as Dallas has been showing improvements as of late. The Mavericks have struggled against their spread as of late, but I think that they will turn it around in this one. I see a lot of value in Dallas at home.