The 45-27 Indiana Pacers will travel on a back to back when they face a rested 35-36 Dallas Mavericks in an NBA pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Dallas is scheduled for 8:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The odds from this NBA game has the home team Dallas Mavericks favored by -3 ½ points with an over under line of 193 ½ points. There has been no line movement since the odds were released a few hours ago.
The Pacers and Mavericks met back on November 16th with Indiana posting the 103-83 home victory as a -2 point betting favorite. The game landed under 187 ½ points.
Indiana has a road record of 16-19 on the season. The Pacers have won their second straight and five in six games after a 100-91 road victory on Wednesday to the Houston Rockets as a +5 ½ point underdog. The game finished under 198 points. The Pacers get off to a good start by taking a 35-19 lead after one quarter. They shot 44.9% from the floor and connected on 6 of 18 from three. Indiana held the high potent Houston offense to just 38.6% shooting with 6 of 21 from beyond the arc. Center Roy Hibbert led the Pacers with 28 points and 13 rebounds as he made 11 of his 17 shots. Indiana sits number one in the NBA in all three key categories defensively which are points allowed, field goal and three point defending. The Pacers give up just 89.6 points a game. In the playoff run the team tied with the New York Knicks for the second seed in the Eastern conference with only ten games left to be played.
Dallas is 21-14 when playing at home. They win their third straight and seventh in ten games after a 109-102 home overtime victory against the LA Clippers on Tuesday as a +1 ½ point underdog. The game landed over 202 ½ points. The Mavericks shot 48.8% from the floor and made 6 of 23 from three. They limit the Clippers to 44.7% from the floor and forced 18 LA turnovers. Dallas benefitted from bad Clipper free throw shooting as they miss 9 of 25 from the charity stripe. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 33 points and 9 rebounds as he made 12 of his 21 shots. During this three game win streak the team has averaged 106 points per game. In the playoff race the Mavericks sit tied for the ninth seed with the Utah Jazz and just one game behind the eighth seeded LA Lakers with 11 games remaining. If they are to overtake the Lakers the Mavericks will need to defend better. The team is 27th and fourth to last in the NBA in scoring defense by giving up 102.3 points a game.