Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons Pick

January 31, 7:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Detroit -2

The Detroit Pistons (21-28) and the Dallas Mavericks (23-27) will face off in an Eastern Conference versus Western Conference clash in the Motor City. The tip is set for 7:00 PM ET and will be televised on FSN. This has been a well-balanced series as each team has won two of the last four matches. Most recently, Dallas hosted Detroit six days ago and defeated them 106-101 to create a push for Dallas as a five-point favorite.

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Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons Overview

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks enter off 114-90 win in the Big Apple last night that saw Dallas win easy and cover big as a 6.5-point favorite against the New York Knicks. Overall, the Mavericks are 3-1 SU in their previous four contests while also posting a stellar 4-0-1 ATS record in their last five matches.

Detroit Pistons

Unlike their counterparts, the Pistons have struggled mightily as of late as they have gone 1-4 SU over their last five outings. Presently, Detroit has covered only once in their previous five outings. Most recently, the Pistons fell at home on Tuesday when they hosted divisional rival Milwaukee and fell by a score of 115-105. The Mavericks closed as just a seven-point underdog.

Reasons To Avoid Dallas

On the road, Dallas remains one of the worst of any team in the NBA as they are 5-20 SU away from home. While last night’s dominant performance against New York may assuage that narrative, the fact remains that New York has been riding a terrible losing streak and remains one of the weakest sides in the whole league. Detroit is an entirely different animal for the Mavericks to tackle as they were regarded by many as a playoff-caliber outfit. In addition to the step up in competitive quality, Dallas enters with less rest and travel rust working against them.

Reasons To Back Detroit

What we have here is a buy-low and sell-high situation we can take advantage of. The Mavericks have been a cash cow as of late, and they overall have looked in far better shape compared to the Pistons who have been in a nasty spate and a liability for any that back them. As a result of this, the Pistons are in a position to take back more points than they should but even with that into consideration, they are only granted one bucket. This reveals that the Pistons are in position for a win. Given the fact Dallas also commits more turnovers compared to their opponents here, it will be that much harder for Dallas to overcome its overall road woes if they allow the crowd to stay involved and give more chances to the Pistons to hurt them.

Mavericks at Pistons Prediction 01/31/2019

Detroit will get itself back on track here with a much-needed win in Motown. While we only need one bucket to generate a win, the Pistons should defeat the Mavericks by a more comprehensive margin that then market suggests. Dallas' overall offensive operations is of the sputter-and-stall variety, but it will only make things more difficult against a Detroit team that is the best in the league in defending the three-pointer (32.9%). Pistons cruise to an easy win.

Free Pick: 
Take Detroit -2