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Dallas MavericksMiami Heat
March 29, 8:00 PM | AmericanAirlines Arena

Dallas Mavericks vs Miami Heat Odds

29-22TEAM RECORD35-13

AmericanAirlines Arena will feature Heat vs. Mavericks action on Thursday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

Miami battles the Mavericks, currently with a 29-22 mark (26-25 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 20-26-2 for the Heat and 24-27 for the Mavericks.

View Dallas vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Mavericks are listed as 8.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, with the total listed at 189.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Heat sit at No. 2 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Mavericks are at No. 10 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Heat will win this game 103-97.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Miami's No. 18-rated squad against Dallas's No. 11-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Miami rates No. 20 in the league with 5.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 6 with 7.5 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Mavericks own the league's No. 6-rated mark, allowing 94.5 points per game when on the road. Miami, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in home scoring.

Dallas won its last outing, a 90-81 result against the Rockets on March 27. The Mavericks covered in that game as a 7-point favorite, while the 171 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points leading the Mavericks to a 90-81 victory over Houston at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Miami lost its last outing, a 105-90 result against the Pacers on March 26. The Heat failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite, while the 195 combined points took the game OVER the total. Miami got 24 points from LeBron James but lost anyway 105-90 against the Pacers on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Orlando are 7-3
After playing Houston are 9-1
After a win are 5-5

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Mavericks at Heat trends to consider:
Dallas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Miami
Dallas is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Dallas's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games on the road
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games
Miami is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games

Next up:
Dallas at Orlando, Friday, March 30
Miami at Toronto, Friday, March 30