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Pistons take on Mavericks in hoops contest

Detroit PistonsDallas Mavericks
17-26January 26, 2014, 07:30 | American Airlines Center25-20

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Sunday when the Pistons of Detroit hit the hard court against the Mavericks of Dallas.

Dallas battles the Pistons, currently with a 17-26 mark (18-25 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 23-22 for the Mavericks and 31-12 for the Pistons. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Detroit Pistons vs Dallas Mavericks Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Pistons before tip-off in this one found them as 7.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 208 at TopBet.

The Mavericks sit at No. 14 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Pistons are at No. 26 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Mavericks will win this game 96-91.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 103-101 loser as they battled the Pelicans at home. The Pistons failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite, while 204 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Pistons wasted a 28-point performance from Brandon Jennings as New Orleans ran past them 103-101 on Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

In their last action, Dallas was a 107-106 loser on the road against the Nets. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (213) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Dallas suffered a 107-106 loss against Brooklyn on Friday, getting 19 points from Vince Carter in a losing effort at Barclays Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Dallas's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 103.6 PPG, against a Pistons defense that ranks No. 25 at 102.88 PPG. The Mavericks field goal percentage has averaged 47% so far, more than the Pistons shooters have achieved on the year, 44.66% per game.

Next up:
Detroit home to Orlando, Tuesday, January 28th
Dallas home to Houston, Wednesday, January 29th