User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools
 
Preview: Mavericks (49-33) at Pacers (56-26)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Date: February 12, 2014 7:00 PM EDT
  

The Dallas Mavericks' five-game winning streak is over, but their biggest scare in a blowout loss came when Dirk Nowitzki briefly went down with a sprained left ankle.

He doesn't expect to miss any time, yet the Mavericks' final stop before the All-Star break is a venue where few go to get healthy.

Nowitzki and the Mavericks look to bounce back Wednesday night in Indiana, where the Pacers will try to cap their dominant first half with a 26th victory in 28 home games.

The Mavericks' winning streak came to an unceremonious end with a 114-89 loss at Charlotte on Tuesday, and they lost Nowitzki in the second quarter. The 12-time All-Star returned after halftime and scored 14 points in the final 24 minutes, saying after the game that he'd play Wednesday as Dallas (31-22) tries to get back on track.

Advertisement

"(Tuesday) was definitely a step back," Nowitzki told the team's official website. "You know, we've got to finish strong before the break now and hopefully have a good outing (in Indiana) against a very, very good team."

The Mavericks dominated the paint during their winning streak, putting up 44.8 points per game in the lane while allowing only 32.4, but that interior strength was nowhere to be found Tuesday. Al Jefferson finished with 30 points as the Bobcats scored 60 points in the paint, tied for the most Dallas had given up all season.

The Bobcats made 45 field goals and had a franchise-record 42 assists - eight more than the next-highest total the Mavericks have allowed in 2013-14. Dallas also forced a season-low nine turnovers.

The Mavericks will try to immediately put their most lopsided loss of the season behind them against a Pacers team that's coming off its most dominant victory in more than a decade. David West led the way with 25 points Monday as Indiana recovered from a one-point loss in Orlando a night earlier to roll past Denver 119-80.

The Pacers' points and 57.5 shooting percentage were both season highs as the Eastern Conference's best team improved to 25-2 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The 39-point margin was the largest for Indiana (40-11) since a 140-89 win against Chicago on March 28, 2003.

"We played the game the right way," said West, who's averaged 22.8 points and shot 65.0 percent from the field in his last four games. "We finished what we talked about doing, in terms of finishing around the rim and concentrating late in our shots. We didn't shoot the ball great from the 3-point line but our defense was engaged and in the right mode to get us some extra possessions."

West was the third player in as many games to lead the Pacers in scoring as Indiana improved to 22-1 when it records more than its season average of 20.5 assists.

"With this team, everybody makes everybody else look good, honestly," said sixth man Danny Granger. "We have so many weapons that you just pass the ball and somebody will make a shot. ... We can call so many plays for so many different people."

The Pacers have won the last three meetings against Dallas, beating the Mavericks by a combined 45 points in last season's two contests. Nowitzki missed the first one as he recovered from right knee surgery.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 DAL  +400   +9   196.5 
 IND  -500   -9   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 DAL  +390   +9.5   196.5 
 IND  -500   -9.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 DAL  33%   33%   50% 
 IND  67%   67%   50% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 Oct 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 IND 98 Cover: 22 
 DAL 77 Under: 175 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Oct 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DAL 92 Cover: 12 
 IND 85 Under: 177 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 IND 103 Cover: 29.5 
 DAL 78 Under: 181 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Nov 16, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 DAL 83 Under: 186 
 IND 103 Cover: 18 
 Tools:   Recaps

 NBA PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, Feb 12
 
    Grizzlies at Magic
7:05 PM EDT
    Mavericks at Pacers
7:05 PM EDT
    Hawks at Raptors
7:05 PM EDT
    Spurs at Celtics
7:35 PM EDT
    Bobcats at Nets
7:35 PM EDT
    Kings at Knicks
7:35 PM EDT
    Cavaliers at Pistons
7:35 PM EDT
    Pelicans at Bucks
8:05 PM EDT
    Wizards at Rockets
8:05 PM EDT
    Nuggets at Timberwolves
8:05 PM EDT
    76ers at Jazz
9:05 PM EDT
    Heat at Warriors
10:35 PM EDT
    Trail Blazers at Clippers
10:35 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!