The NBA is set up with an action packed night of basketball on Wednesday night. Ten games are up on the board throughout January 20. One of these games will be between the Dallas Mavericks and the Indiana Pacers. These two teams have had solid starts to the season and will look to keep it going in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Dallas has earned a record of 6-7 to open up the new season, which has them sitting in tenth place of the Western Conference. The Mavericks have lost three games in a row coming into this one. Dallas has struggled as of late, but will look to turn it around in this one. The Mavericks have been up and down this season, but are still in the thick of the playoff race.
The Pacers have put up a record of 8-5 throughout the early portion of this season, which has them in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. Indiana is coming off a loss in their last game, but had won back to back games before that. The Pacers will look to come out strong in this one as they try to get back on the win column on Wednesday night.
These two teams are looking to earn a big win on January 20 after losing in their last outing. Dallas has hit a bit of a losing streak, but still have a chance to come out hot in this one. The Mavericks will look to take over on Wednesday night to try and end that streak. The Pacers have been near the top of the East and will look to put up a statement win in this one.
The Mavericks and the Pacers met up twice throughout last season. Indiana hosted the first game on February 3. Domantas Sabonis scored 26 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists, while Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points. Kristaps Porzingis dropped 38 points and 12 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 25 points to help lead Dallas to a 112-103 win.
The second meeting of the season series was hosted by the Mavericks on March 8. Luka Doncic scored 36 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists, while Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 30 points. It was not enough for Dallas though. Domantas Sabonis dropped 20 points and 17 rebounds. Myles Turner, T.J. Warren and Victor Oladipo all scored 16 points as the Pacers earned a 112-109 win on the road.
These two teams split the season series last season with each team winning on the road. Both games were close as these teams seemed evenly matched. The Mavericks first meeting of the season series was without Luka Doncic. Dallas will look to find more momentum in this one as they try to break through on the Pacers. I expect both teams to come out hot as they try to set the pace in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
The Mavericks have not been great shooting the ball early this season. Dallas has been able to make around 44.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 20th in the NBA. The Mavericks have also shot 33.7 percent from deep, which is 25th in the league. Dallas is shooting 53.4 percent inside the arc, which is 14th in the NBA.
Indiana has been dangerous inside the arc this season, but have struggled from deep. The Pacers have made around 47.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 7th in the league. Indiana is shooting 35.1 percent from behind the arc, which is 19th in the NBA. The Pacers have also shot 55.4 percent from in close, which is 3rd in the league.
The Pacers have been the better team shooting the ball this season, but Dallas has been dangerous on defense. The Mavericks have held opposing teams to a field goal percentage of 44.9 percent from the field, which is 9th in the NBA. Indiana has allowed opponents to make 39.6 percent of their three point shots, which is second to last in the league. If Dallas can get going from deep, it could give them the edge.
Luka Doncic has been the leader for the Mavericks throughout this season. Doncic is averaging 27 points, 10 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game. Kristaps Porzingis has averaged 18.5 points and 8 rebounds in his four games back. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17 points per game, while Jalen Brunson has averaged 11.5 points per game. Trey Burke is averaging 10 points per game this season as well.
Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis have been the leaders for Indiana so far this season. Brogdon has averaged 22 points and 7.5 assists per game, while Sabonis is averaging 21.5 points and 13 rebounds per game. Doug McDermott has averaged 12.5 points per game, while Justin Holiday is averaging 11 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their stars early in the season. Dallas is still without Josh Richardson, who is out with COVID-19. The Pacers have lost Myles Turner and T.J. Warren to injury. Indiana also traded Victor Oladipo for Caris LeVert, but LeVert is out after finding a small mass in his kidney. Indiana is struggling with so many players out, which the Mavericks will look to take advantage of.
These two teams are coming into this one looking for a big win after losing their last game. Dallas has struggled in their last few games, losing three in a row. I think the Mavericks can come out stronger in this one. Luka Doncic will look to put up a more complete performance in this one as Dallas tries to knock off this Pacers team.
BetOnline has this game listed as a pick against the spread. This gives each team an even chance to win this one. I think that this line is right, but I think that the Mavericks will be able to take over on Wednesday night. Indiana has been hit hard by injuries as of late, which I think will give a big edge to Dallas in this one. I like the Mavericks to win in this one.