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Hornets battle Mavs on NBA odds

Visiting The Big Easy has not been easy of late for the Dallas Mavericks, who look to end a streak of misery at New Orleans Arena against the Hornets today.

Dallas has lost 10 in  row here with their last win being March 27, 2007. And it's not like their backers have enjoyed the streak by covering a lot of Hornets Mavericks point spreads, as the Hornets are 8-2 ATS during that stretch.

The scores prediction model here at OddsShark points to a Mavs win, with or without concussed Chris Paul in the lineup (he is day-to-day). The Hornets scored just 77 points in their first game without their stud point guard.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Hornets, currently No. 13 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Mavericks, who rate No. 8 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 100-98 victory for the Mavericks.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New Orleans's No. 20-rated squad against Dallas's No. 17-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New Orleans rates No. 23 in the league with 5.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 7 with 7.9 per outing.

Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 8-rated defense on the road, allowing 96.8 points per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Dallas was a 108-105 winner on the road against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 6.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (213) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points for Dallas on Monday, leading the Mavericks to a 108-105 victory over Minnesota at Target Center.

In their last action, New Orleans was an 85-77 loser on the road against the Bulls. They covered the 10–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (162) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Jarrett Jack scored 23 points in a failed effort to lead the Hornets to victory (they lost 85-77 to Chicago at United Center on Monday).

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing New York are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 9-1
After a win are 8-2

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Sacramento are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7


A few Mavericks at Hornets trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Dallas is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Dallas's last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing New Orleans
New Orleans is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New Orleans's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Orleans's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Dallas home to New York, Thursday, March 10
New Orleans home to Sacramento, Saturday, March 12

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