Dallas Mavericks battle for playoffs

Dallas Mavericks battle for playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks is looking to return to winning ways when they meet with the Indiana Pacers. Mavericks are currently in a four-game losing skid, which made them drop from the teams qualified for the next round. Pacers on the other hand is in the same situation with the Mavericks. They are also hoping to return to the top ten of the standings to qualify for the next round. Additionally, just like the Mavericks, they are also in a losing streak, and are aiming to return on winning ways. The Pacers will be hosting this match on March 28, 2023, at 7:00 AM (GMT+8).

This will only be the second time that these two teams will meet in the regular season. During their first meeting, it was the visitors who took home a victory in the overtime. With that, the hosts are aiming to avenge from that loss, and end their losing streak. This is an interconference meeting, with the hosts coming from the East, and the visitors from the West. In their respective standings, both are in the 11th place, and have yet to secure a playoff spot. The hosts managed to win 33 of their 75 games in the regular season, where 19 of those are won at home. On the other hand, the visitors have won 36 of their 75 games as well, but are not doing well on the road, winning only 14.

Dallas Mavericks

NBA: Dallas Mavericks
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The Mavericks are coming into this game with hopes of returning to winning ways, and finally ending their losing run. They suffered respective defeats against the Grizzlies, Warriors, and back-to-back losses against the Hornets. With that, they are hoping to bounce back in this game, to stand a chance for the playoffs. In their last 10 matches, they only won three, and lost to seven, a momentum they need to end. Fortunately for them, it looks like Doncic and Irving can finally work together, as both have been productive. This season, they are doing quite well in the field, shooting over 47.4%. However, their free-throw shooting is not as impressive, as they are only shooting 75.3% in that area. They are at the 17th offensively, shooting 113.8 points per game, and the 15th defensively allowing 113.5 points per game.

The Mavericks is a healthy squad, with no fresh health concerns coming into this game. However, Luka Doncic, who is their leading scorer with 32.9 points per game is suspended in this match. This is after the number of technical fouls he have this season. With that, the Mavericks will have to rely on Kyrie Irving, who is their second leading scorer with 27.6 points.

Indiana Pacers

NBA: Indiana Pacers
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The Pacers just ended their four consecutive games on the road, where they only had one victory. With that, they are grateful that they are finally coming home, where they are playing better. On their last match, they suffered a 143-130 loss against the Hawks, and are in-need of immediate wins if they still want to qualify for the playoffs. They won four of their last 10 matches, but it is still a bad record for any teams. Moreover, they are not doing well shooting on the inside as they only shoot over 46.8%. Fortunately for them, they are doing well in the charity stripe, shooting 79.2% successfully. They are currently at the 12th in offense shooting 115.8 points per game, but the 27th in defense, allowing 118.6 points.

Tyrese Haliburton, and Myles Turner who both leads the Pacers are both probable in this match, as they sustain injuries. However, Kendall Brown, and Chris Duarte are both out in this match die to injuries as well.


Dallas Mavericks
Total Under: 108.5
Odds: 0.81

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