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Dallas vs. Detroit, 01/10/2012 19:30
Point Spread: -6/-110 Dallas
The Dallas Mavericks have finally come to life over the last week. This team started slow as they lacked motivation in the early going after winning the NBA Finals last season. But it looks like the Mavs are back to being hungry and making a run at a repeat.
Dallas has won three of their last four with blowout wins over OKC by 13, Phoenix by 9 and New Orleans by 15. Now they take on a Detroit Pistons team that is just 2-7 on the season and hurting. The Pistons are one of the worst teams in the league this year, and their numbers show it.
Detroit is scoring just 82.4 points/game this season while allowing 94.2 points/game, getting outscored by a whopping 11.8 points/game on average. The Pistons are 0-4 SU & 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games while getting outscored by an average of 21.5 points/game. They lost all four of those contests by 16 points or more. Making matters more difficult for Detroit is the fact that this will be their 4th game in 5 days.
The Mavs are 24-8-2 ATS in their last 34 games overall, including 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 road games. Dallas is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Detroit is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games after scoring less than 75 points in their previous game. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in this series. Bet Dallas Tuesday.