Mavericks vs. Hornets Prediction
The Mavericks are in the midst of a five-game losing streak and things don't get any easier for them tonight as they take on the scorching-hot Hornets at 7:00PM ET.
After opening as a 7-point favorite the Hornets are now -6.5 to beat the Mavericks according to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI. As for the total, the number opened at 211 but has been bet down a full point to 210.
Charlotte has an opportunity to secure its longest win streak in 16 seasons if they can pull off a win tonight. The Hornets were once 19-23 and sitting 6.5 games back in the Southeast on January 20 but have since won 18 of 23 and will go for eight straight wins tonight.
Kemba Walker continues to kill it for the Hornets, notching 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting in a 125-109 win over Houston on Saturday. Walker is now averaging 28.6 points and 52.9 percent shooting during the team's current seven-game winning streak, while also going 25-of-51 from 3-point range.
The Hornets have been ridiculously good at home, covering in six of their last seven games inside Time Warner Cable Arena. They're also 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points, are 4-0 ATS in their last four games playing on one day of rest and are 8-1 ATS in their last nine when their opponent allows 100 points or more in its previous game.
As for the Mavs, they've failed to cover in seven of their last eight road games and are winless at the betting window in their current five-game losing skid. They're also just 1-7 against the number in their last eight games versus a team with a winning record.
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