Dallas (30-19) at Indiana (31-18)
When: Monday, February 3rd, 2020
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse,
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: FS Indiana
Opening Odds: Indiana -4/218
The Indiana Pacers are currently in the middle of a nice stretch of home games and continue that on Monday night when they take on the limping Dallas Mavericks. The Pacers are right in the middle of a tight Eastern Conference race for one of the top four spots and have done it all without All-Star Victor Oladipo. Well, the shooting guard is back and he and the Pacers haven’t looked the same, but it is just two games in. Oladipo is 4-for-22 from the field in his first two games, as Indiana got by the Chicago Bulls in overtime, then looked bad in a 92-85 home loss to the lowly New York Knicks. “It’s that time of the year. We, obviously, have a healthy roster now so it’s going to take some time to acclimate, bringing Vic back in, different types of lineups,” Pacers center Myles Turner told reporters. “We have time to figure it out, but we can’t come with too many excuses. We have to go out there and get it done.” The Mavericks would love to have a healthy lineup moving forward like the Pacers, but stars Luka Doncic (ankle) and Kristaps Porzingis (rest) sat out the 123-100 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. Dallas is also in a dogfight for a top four spot out West, trailing fourth place Utah by just two games entering Sunday’s action. The teams split the two meetings in 2018-19 and the home team has won five of the last six.
The Mavericks might have to play this game without their best three-point shooter in Seth Curry, who left Saturday’s game with tightness in his right knee and is day-to-day. Curry is hitting 41.4 percent from beyond the arc and was 5-for-7 before leaving the Atlanta game. Porzingis is expected to return on Monday but Doncic will miss another game, giving guard Jalen Brunson another start. Brunson poured in a season-high 27 points in Saturday’s win and helped hold Hawks All-Star guard Trae Young to 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Dallas will be back on home Wednesday to host the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Pacers are in a stretch from January 29th to February 21st in which they play only one road game and that will be Wednesday in Toronto. Indiana is 18-6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season while going 13-10-1 ATS. Oladipo has come off the bench in his first two games and has averaged about 21 minutes of action thus far. All-Star power forward Domantas Sabonis (25 points) and Turner (12 points) were the only players to score in double figures for the Pacers on Saturday as the team shot a miserable 42.1 percent from the field.
I fully expect the Pacers to star clicking soon. This is too good of a team to look bad in three straight games. They recently came off a long road trip, which could be an excuse as to why they’re looking sloppy.
Check out who Bobby Babowski has on his Free NBA Picks page for Monday. He is 54-44-3 on the season after a 7-1 run!
Pick: Pacers -5
Mavericks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Mavericks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Monday games.
Mavericks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Mavericks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Mavericks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Mavericks are 10-3-2 ATS in their last 15 games as a road underdog.
Mavericks are 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Mavericks are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Mavericks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Mavericks are 33-15-3 ATS in their last 51 road games.
Mavericks are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Mavericks are 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win.
Mavericks are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win.
Mavericks are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Pacers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Pacers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
Pacers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Pacers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Over is 6-1 in Mavericks last 7 Monday games.
Under is 5-1 in Mavericks last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Under is 5-1 in Mavericks last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Under is 6-2 in Mavericks last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 7-3 in Mavericks last 10 games following a ATS win.
Under is 7-3 in Mavericks last 10 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Over is 5-1 in Pacers last 6 games following a ATS loss.
Over is 9-2 in Pacers last 11 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 4-1 in Pacers last 5 games following a straight up loss.
Under is 6-2 in Pacers last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Over is 11-5 in Pacers last 16 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Over is 13-6 in Pacers last 19 overall.
Over is 13-6 in Pacers last 19 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Under is 27-13 in Pacers last 40 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Indiana.
Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Indiana.
Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.