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Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons ATS Pick

Time: 7:30 PM EST Saturday February 22, 2014, FSDT

Location: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit Pistons host the Dallas Mavericks in a non-conference match up.

In their last games: The Mavs beat the Philadelphia 76ers 124-112 and the Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-117.

In their win over the 76ers the Mavs shot a scorching FG% of 62.3% and Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion combined for 47 points.

In their win over the Hawks Detroit rallied from 11 points down at halftime to win by 8 points and they shot 54% from the field.

Earlier this season in Dallas the Mavs beat the Pistons 116-106.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams in Detroit the total has gone Over every time.

The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games between these 2 teams.

The Mavs are 7-3 in their last 10 games and the Pistons are 5-5.

Nowitzki is averaging 25.9 points per game in his last 18 against Detroit.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Dallas -3.5
Total Line: 215
Money Line: Mavericks -165 / Pistons +145

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Dallas Mavericks: 33-23 SU 31-25 ATS
Detroit Pistons: 23-32 SU 24-30-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• DAL is 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• DAL is 39-15 ATS in their last 54 road games.
• DAL has an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• DET is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
• DET is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.
• DET has an Over record of 24-8 in their last 32 home games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Dallas Mavericks: 92.47
Detroit Pistons: 86.01

Key Player Injuries

[G] 02/20/2014 – Devin Harris probable Friday vs. Philadelphia ( Ankle )
[G] 01/18/2014 – Gal Mekel out indefinitely ( Knee )

[C] 02/07/2014 – Josh Harrellson out indefinitely ( Knee )
[G] 02/20/2014 – Chauncey Billups out indefinitely ( Knee )

Point Spread Pick:

The Pistons did get the win last night against the Hawks after back to back losses against an underrated Charlotte team. The Mavericks also played last night but Detroit won’t be thanking the schedule maker anytime soon with them playing back to back and 4 games in 5 nights! Also keep in mind that Pistons aren’t world beaters at home with a 13-17 straight up record overall and a very weak 3-9 on the season when hosting a Western club. The line opened at 3 and has quickly moved to 3.5, but we feel that there is still a lot of wagering value on the visitor.
Take the Dallas Mavericks -3.5
Bet this game at and Lay -105 instead of -110 on this game!

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