Indiana Pacers (34-25) at Dallas Mavericks (18-42)
We picked up an easy win last night when we backed the Washington Wizards at home against the Philadelphia 76ers. The line was a tight one, and I wasn’t entirely sure why. Philly was playing the back end of a back to back, and they have been terrible in that spot all year long.
Yeah, they came into this game hot, but those hot streaks turn into cold streaks, really fast in the NBA, so you have to make sure to evaluate each game on its own merit. And getting a chance to fade the Sixers playing two nights in a row and only having to lay -2-points? Felt like free money and it worked out well.
The game wasn’t even as close as the 109-94 final score showed as the Wizards were up twenty or more points for almost all of the third quarter. The wizards keep finding ways to win without John Wall. They are now 9-3 without their best player and continue to impress.
Today I will take a look at another game with a spread that doesn’t make any sense when the Indiana Pacers play the Dallas Mavericks.
The Indiana Pacers will look to stay hot tonight when they travel to Dallas to play the last place Mavericks. The Pacers have won four out of their last five games and nine out of their last twelve as they keep moving up the Eastern Conference standings.
For the Mavericks, their nightmare of a season continues. The Mavs have lost four straight games and fourteen of their last seventeen. The Pacers are -3-point road favorites. The game total over-under is set at 210 points. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 from the American Airlines Center.
The Indiana Pacers have been one of the best stories this year in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Not many expected the Pacers to be competitive this year after trading away the face of the franchise, Paul George, in the offseason. But that move looks to have been a great one as the players they got in return for George have built a great young core of talent in Indiana.
Victor Oladipo made his first All-Star team and looks like a budding MVP candidate. The youngster is enjoying his best season yet as a pro and is averaging 24 points, 5 boards, and 4.5 assists a game. All while shooting over 80% from the charity stripe and netting over 2 steals a game.
Coupled with rising big man Domantas Sabonis, who is looking more and more like his Hall of Fame dad every day, this team has a bright future.
The Pacers are playing the best basketball they have all year long, and all the sudden find themselves flirting with a top three seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Currently, they sit just a game and a half behind the Cavs for the three seed. How have they done it? By beating up on bad teams.
The Pacers are 21-8 against teams with a losing record this year. They have built this great record by beating the bad teams that they are supposed to. That’s doesn’t necessarily bode all that well for their chances of winning a playoff series, but it does make me confident about their ability to beat a bad Dallas team tonight.
I am not going to go too far into explaining how or why the Dallas Mavericks are bad this year. You can just know that they stink and they are playing especially poor at the moment. They made the headlines this week for the first time in months, but for all the wrong reasons.
Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. was named in the FBI probe as a player that received illegal payments while in school last year at NC State. It’s not great when the only time you hear your team’s name on sports center it is because of negative things.
I am shocked this number isn’t higher. The Pacers aren’t an elite road team, but they are elite against really bad teams, and the Mavericks are a really bad team. The Mavericks aren’t even decent at home, their eleven wins at home are amongst the lowest home win totals in the league this year.
The Pacers had a nice little three-day break heading into this one, and I expect them to come out well rested and fired up tonight. They know they can’t let these easy games slip past them, even on the road, if they want a real shot at a top-three seed. This has been a great spot to back Indiana all year long, and I am going to continue that trend tonight.
Give me the Indiana Pacers -3-points on the road tonight in Dallas.