Dallas Mavericks vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 1/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (+1.5)
The Dallas Mavericks (6-7) head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday where they'll take on the Indiana Pacers (8-5). Dallas opens this game as 1.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 217.5.
The Dallas Mavericks played the Toronto Raptors and took a loss by a final of 116-93 in their last contest. Dallas ended the contest with a 37.8% field goal percentage (31 out of 82) and converted 9 of 36 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Mavericks buried 22 of their 27 attempts for a rate of 81.5%. In terms of hauling in boards, they collected 38 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 21 assists for this game while having 6 steals and 4 blocks. In relation to defending, Dallas allowed their opponent to shoot 50.0% from the floor on 44 out of 88 shooting. Toronto distributed 23 assists and had 9 steals in this game. On top of that, the Raptors pulled down 46 rebounds (9 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Toronto walked away from this one shooting 88.9% at the free throw line by making 16 of their 18 shots. They made 12 of 33 attempts from beyond the arc.
Kristaps Porziņģis is someone who was a major contributor in this game. He racked up 23 points on 8 out of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 31:53 minutes and also grabbed 9 boards. Porziņģis finished shooting 57.1% from the floor and also earned 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Mavericks was Trey Burke. He collected 2 rebounds and earned 3 dimes. He went 45.5% from the field for the contest by shooting 5-of-11 (17 points). When the final whistle was blown, Burke was on the court for 26:06 minutes.
Dallas enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 6-7 so far this year. They currently have an average of 108.7 pts per game (22nd in the league) while going 45.2% from the floor. The Mavericks are shooting 34.3% on 3-pointers (159 of 463) and 72.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Dallas is collecting 45.0 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 265 dimes this year, which ranks 28th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 13.3 times per game and as a unit they are committing 21.4 fouls per game. On the defensive end, the Mavericks are forcing 15.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 21.8 fouls. They are ranked 7th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 295 relinquished so far this season. The Mavericks defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.9% (196 of 283) and they concede 46.5 rebounds per game as a group. They concede 31.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 6th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (106.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Indiana Pacers took a loss by a final score of 129-96 against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pacers were able to snag 27 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 for the contest. They also stuffed 2 shots while earning 13 steals for this contest. The Clippers committed 19 fouls for the matchup which got the Pacers to the free throw line for 16 tries. They were able to make 11 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 68.8%. With respect to 3-point attempts, Indiana converted 11 of their 38 attempts (28.9%). When this game wrapped up, the Pacers shot 37 for 89 from the floor which had them shooting 41.6%. The Pacers permitted the Clippers to knock down 48 of their 87 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 55.2% for the game. They finished 48.7% from distance by shooting 19 out of 39 and ended up shooting 14 out of 20 at the free throw line (70.0%). In the matter of rebounding, Indiana permitted Los Angeles to snag 52 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Doug McDermott was important for the Pacers for the matchup. He knocked down 9 of 12 in this game giving him a rate of 75.0%, which gave him 23 points. McDermott grabbed 2 boards in his 32:25 minutes of playing time and added 2 assists in this matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Indiana was Domantas Sabonis. He scored 19 points in 34:17 minutes played by way of 7 out of 14 from the floor for the game. Sabonis ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while contributing 6 assists and 14 rebounds.
Indiana has a win-loss record of 8-5 for the campaign. When it comes to offensive execution, the Pacers are connecting on 47.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 7th in the league. Indiana has accounted for 1,468 pts for the year (112.9 per contest) and they pull in 42.3 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 26.7 times per game (6th in the league) and they turn it over 13.8 times per game. The Pacers are responsible for committing 21.2 fouls per game and they shoot 74.7% from the free throw line. The Pacers on defense are ranked 13th in the league in points given up per game with 109.8. They have allowed 23.8 dimes and 44.5 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 11th and 12th in the NBA. The Indiana defense gives up 39.6% on shots from beyond the arc (163 of 412) and opponents are connecting on 76.4% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 16.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (19th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Indiana (-1.5)
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