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Hornets Mavericks Betting Tips – Dallas Continues to Struggle

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/2/2013 6:03:52 PM

New Orleans Hornets @ Dallas Mavericks – Saturday January 5, 2013 8:30PM EST

It has not been the ideal season for the Dallas Mavericks. The sportsbook experts keep waiting for the return of Dirk Nowitzki, but that return is always getting delayed. The Mavs have been trying to put Vince Carter in the spotlight this season, along with O.J. Mayo. Both players have responded well in the scoring department, but there is a serious lack of defense in Dallas. The other problem in Dallas is that, besides Mayo and Carter, none of the starters are putting any appreciable points up on the board. The Dallas bench has done its best to keep things interesting, but Dallas is going to need more out of its starters if it wants to win.

The sports betting experts knew that the Hornets needed more help than rookie standout Anthony Davis could provide. Davis has actually proven to be an effective rebounder, but none of the Hornets’ starters are scoring any points. Davis leads the starters with a 14.4 points per game average and even he has been struggling as of late. The Hornets are trying to build a team around Davis, but it looks like he will need some more time to adjust to the NBA before he can be the cornerstone of a New Orleans revival.

Why the Mavericks Will Win

The Mavs actually has a decent roster, but no one is playing consistent defense. The online casino players have watched teams score from the perimeter and from inside the paint on Dallas all season long. The presence of Nowitzki would make the Mavs much stronger inside and that would allow the rest of the starters to focus on playing perimeter defense. Luckily for Dallas, the Hornets have not been able to score from the three-point line or with layups at all this season. All Dallas has to do is stand its ground and it should win this game.

Why the Hornets Will Win

There are a lot of unknown factors with the Hornets. Forward Lance Thomas has just been added to the starting lineup and he is still trying to find his place. Anthony Davis is expected to start breaking out with high-scoring games, and that could happen against a defensively weak team like Dallas. The Hornets would need to play a nearly perfect game in order to beat the Mavericks, but the makings are there for a New Orleans upset.

The Bottom Line

The Mavericks will continue to struggle against higher quality teams all season long, or until Dirk Nowtizki returns. But even the return of its superstar does not make the Mavericks a championship contender. The Mavericks does possess the talent it needs to run past the New Orleans Hornets and win this game. As long as Dallas does not start to get too sloppy in its own end, it should be able to win this contest.

Pick: Dallas

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