NBA Betting Odds and Predictions: Indiana Pacers vs. Dallas Mavericks

Indiana Pacers at Dallas Mavericks
Thursday, 3/28/13, 8:30 PM EST, TV:  FSSW
Opening Point Spread:  Dallas -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Dallas -3.5
Opening Total:  192
Current Total:  192
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Dallas Mavericks are 9-5 ATS in March this season
The Dallas Mavericks are 9-5 ATS in March this season

Indiana has won five of its last six games, including a 100-91 victory over the Houston Rockets as 5.5-point road underdogs Wednesday night, while going UNDER the total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Pacers were led by the play of center Roy Hibbert, who finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds.  “This was his best overall game,” commented Pacers coach Frank Vogel on Hibbert’s play.  The team is now 16-19 overall away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse, including a 5-7 mark versus Western Conference foes, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread.

The Pacers will be trying to win three consecutive games against the Mavericks for the first time since 1995, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines Thursday night.  Offensively, the team is averaging 99.4 points per game over its last 20 contests, which is much higher than scoring 92.6 in the first 52 games.  After a 1-6 start on the road, the squad is 15-13 in its last 28 games away form Indianapolis.

Dallas has won three games in a row, including a 109-102 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers as 1.5-point home underdogs Tuesday night, while going OVER the total for a fifth consecutive contest.  The Mavericks were led by star forward Dirk Nowitzki offensively, as he finished with a season-high 33 points.  He is focused on trying to push his team into the NBA playoffs—sitting just 1.5 games back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference.  Dallas is 9-5 ATS in March, with the OVER going 8-5-1 in that situation.

The Mavericks are 21-14 overall at the American Airlines Center, including a 9-4 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents.  Dallas has won 10 of 14 games during this calendar month, with the offense averaging 104.8 points on 49.7 percent shooting.  It’s important to note that the team is 20-8 this season when holding foes to under 100 points.

Sports bettors will likely back the Pacers due to their 12-8 ATS mark when playing on back-to-back days, while the Mavericks are 7-16 ATS versus Central division teams the last two-plus seasons.

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