Atlanta Hawks vs. Dallas Mavericks
How To Watch:
Date: Wednesday, January 18th
Game Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Record: Mavericks (24-21, fifth in the Western Conference), Hawks (22-22, ninth in the Eastern Conference)
Things To Know:
-This is the first of two matchups this season between the two teams. The Mavericks are 16-6 in home games this season, while the Hawks have gone 10-13 in road games. The Mavericks will rely on their star, Luka Doncic, and his NBA leading 33.8 points per game.
-The Mavericks look to bounce back after a 1-4 road trip. Their last home game was a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, 127-117, 11 days ago.
-Dallas, at home, is 8-12-2 against the spread this season.
-Atlanta, on the road, is 9-13-1 against the spread this season.
Why the Mavericks Can Win
The Mavericks rank fourth in the Western Conference at limiting opponent scoring, averaging 112.3 points per game. The Hawks currently average 115.1 points per game. Holding the Hawks to sub 50% shooting will be the key to victory. The Mavericks are 12-8 after a loss this season, ranking ninth in the NBA in this category.
Why The Hawks Can Win
Ball movement and getting shots up will be the key to victory for the Hawks tonight. The Hawks rank ninth in the Eastern Conference in assists with 24.0 per game, led by Trae Young’s 9.8 average. In their last two games, the Hawks have been able to make shots at a higher rate than their opponents to win the game. On January 14, the Hawks shot 51.2% in Toronto and on January 16 they shot 59.2% to hold off the Miami Heat. The Mavericks will be without Tim Hardaway Jr. (ankle), McKinley Wright IV (right foot sprain), and Maxi Kleber (torn right hamstring).
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