Pro Basketball Predictions: Atlanta Hawks vs. Dallas Mavericks

Atlanta Hawks at Dallas Mavericks
Monday, 2/11/13, 8:30 PM EST, TV:  FSSW
Opening Point Spread:  Dallas -4.5
Current Betting Line:  Dallas -4
Opening Total:  204
Current Total:  204.5
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The Atlanta Hawks are 0-8 ATS when playing with two days rest this season
The Atlanta Hawks are 0-8 ATS when playing with two days rest this season

Atlanta has lost three of its last four games, including a 111-100 decision to the New Orleans Hornets as five-point home favorites last Friday, while going OVER the posted total for a third consecutive contest.  The Hawks may be trying to trade forward Josh Smith this week, who is averaging 16.9 points and 8.5 rebounds in the final year of his current deal.  “I’m not worried about rumors,” stated Smith over the weekend.  The team is 10-13 overall away from Phillips Arena this year, including a 5-4 mark versus Western Conference foes.  Atlanta is 0-8 ATS when playing with two days rest this season, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks Monday night.

The Hawks will definitely try to hit the century mark on the offensive end, as they’ve gone 18-7 this season when scoring 100 or more points.  Smith will need to continue his solid production, as he enters as the only player in league history to boast career averages over 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game for his career.  Defensively, the squad needs to do a better job defending the 3-point area, as opponents are knocking down 38.3 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.

Dallas has won and covered the spread in three of its last four games, including a 116-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors as 5.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the posted total of 210.5.  The Mavericks received a 26-point effort out of forward Shawn Marion, who came into the game averaging 11.6 on the season.  The squad is 14-9 overall at the American Airlines Center, including a 6-1 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents.  Dallas is 4-2 ATS as a home favorite of 3.5 to 6 points, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.

The Mavericks are averaging 107.4 points on 47 percent shooting over their last 14 games, while hitting the century mark in 12 of those contests.  Dallas has won 11 of its last 13 home games against Atlanta, while the UNDER is 5-2 in its last seven opportunities in that situation.

Sports bettors will likely back the Mavericks due to their 11-1 ATS mark on one days rest, while the Hawks are 2-6 ATS on the road versus a team with a winning home record.

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