The NBA is set up with another great Wednesday night of action. Ten games are up on the board throughout January 13. One of these games will be between the Dallas Mavericks and the Charlotte Hornets. These two teams have had solid starts to this season, which should lead to a good game on Wednesday night. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Mavericks have put up a record of 5-4 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in seventh place in the Western Conference. Dallas has won three games in a row coming into this one. The Mavericks have had four days since their last game after their matchup with the Pelicans was postponed. Dallas will look to come out hot in this one as they come with a couple days off.
Charlotte has posted a record of 6-5 throughout the early portion of this season, which has put them in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. The Hornets have won four games in a row entering this game and will look to keep it up. Charlotte has a meeting with the Toronto Raptors on January 14, which they might look to save some energy for knowing that in an inner-conference game.
These two teams are one game above .500 to this point in the season, which should lead to a good game on Wednesday night. Both teams are also coming in on winning streaks, which should help bump up the intensity. Dallas is coming in well rested and they will look to use that to their advantage as they look for a much needed win.
The Mavericks and the Hornets met up twice throughout last season. Dallas hosted the first game on January 4. Luka Doncic dropped 39 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, while Maxi Kleber scored 24 points off the bench. Terry Rozier put up 29 points and Devonte’ Graham dropped 27 points and 13 assists. Charlotte was able to sneak away with a 123-120 win.
The Hornets hosted the second game of the season series on February 8. Devonte’ Graham dropped 26 points and 10 assists, while Miles Bridges put up 20 points. Seth Curry scored 26 points off the bench. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Mavericks starting lineup combined for 62 points to help give Dallas a 116-100 win.
These two teams met up once this season already on December 30 in Dallas. Tim Hardaway scored 18 points, while Jalen Brunson scored 16 off the bench. It was not enough for the Mavericks though. LaMelo Ball finished with 22 points off the bench, while Miles Bridges added 20 points and 16 rebounds off the bench. The Hornets were able to ride that to a nice 118-99 win.
These two teams have met up three times over this season and last. Charlotte has won two of those three games, despite Dallas putting up the better record in that time frame. The Hornets will look to keep up their success against the Mavericks, while Dallas will look to tie this series up. I expect both teams to come out fast as they try to control the pace early.
Luka Doncic has helped lead this Mavericks team this season. Doncic has averaged 26.5 points, 9 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Tim Hardaway is averaging 18.5 points per game. Josh Richardson and Jalen Brunson are both out in this one after facing COVID-19 quarantine. Richardson has averaged 14 points, while Brunson is averaging 11 points per game.
Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier have helped lead this young Hornets team this season. Hayward is averaging 22.5 points per game, while Rozier has averaged 19.5 points per game. LaMelo Ball is averaging 12.5 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game off the bench. P.J. Washington has averaged 12 points per game and Devonte’ Graham is averaging 11.5 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their stars this season. Dallas has had their lineup hit hard with Richardson, Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber all out with COVID-19. The Mavericks could be getting Kristaps Porzingis back as he is ready to make his season debut. Dallas will need players to step up in this one if they want to earn the win.
Field Goal Shooting
Dallas has been able to shoot around middle of the league this season. The Mavericks have made 45.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 16th in the NBA. Dallas is also shooting 35.1 percent from deep, which is 21st in the league. The Mavericks have made 54.5 percent from inside the arc, which is 9th in the NBA.
The Hornets have not been great shooting the ball this season. Charlotte is shooting 44.9 percent from the field, which is 19th in the league. The Hornets have also made 36.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 12th in the NBA. Charlotte has also shot 50.5 percent from in close, which is 23rd in the league.
These two teams have not shot great throughout the early portion of this season. The Mavericks defense has been really strong throughout the early portion of this season. Dallas has held opposing teams to a 44.6 percent from the field, which is 8th best in the league. The Mavericks have held opponents to a 31.5 percent from deep, which is 2nd in the NBA.
These two teams have both put up solid records to open up the new season. Charlotte will look to take over in this one against a Mavericks team that has been hit hard with COVID cases recently. I think that if Porzingis is back though, it could give Dallas a big boost. I think the Mavericks will step up to knock off this Hornets team on Wednesday night.
BetOnline has Dallas listed as a -4 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Mavericks on Wednesday night. I agree with this line as I think Dallas has a really good chance to put an end to the Hornets winning streak. I expect the Mavericks defense to come out hot in this one, which should give them an edge on Wednesday night.