NBA odds preview - Mavericks vs. Heat
Dallas Mavericks vs Miami Heat Odds
Miami looks to cover the Heat-Mavericks pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 21-8 mark when they host Dallas in NBA action.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Heat currently sports a record of 21-8, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 15-14 ATS. The Mavericks are 13-19 and 15-17 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Heat post a 14-15 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Mavericks have gone 19-13 against the number.
The Mavericks were listed as 12-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 204.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 11-rated Heat and the No. 20-rated Mavericks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 105-96 win for the Heat on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Miami's No. 29-rated squad against Dallas's No. 21-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Miami rates No. 6 in the league with 8.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 16 with 7 per outing.
Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 26-rated defense on the road, giving up 104.2 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Dallas, they were a 103-94 winner as they battled the Wizards on the road. The Mavericks covered in the match as a 4-point favorite, while 197 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Vince Carter scored 23 points leading the Mavericks to a 103-94 victory over Washington at Verizon Center on Tuesday.
The Heat were a 112-110 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Magic. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (222) made winners of OVER bettors. The Heat got a 36-point performance from LeBron James as Miami handed Orlando a 112-110 defeat on Monday at Amway Center.
Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing New Orleans are 7-3
After playing Washington are 8-2
After a win are 3-7
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Chicago are 6-4
After playing Orlando are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
A few Mavericks at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games on the road
Dallas is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Miami
Dallas is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games when playing Dallas
Miami is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games at home
Miami is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Dallas home to New Orleans, Saturday, January 5
Miami home to Chicago, Friday, January 4