The Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons will get after it in NBA action on Thursday night in Detroit. The Pistons come in with the worst record in the Eastern Conference, while the Mavericks sit in 10th place in the West. In our NBA picks for Thursday night, we look at Mavericks vs Pistons in the first game of December for both teams.
Mavericks vs Pistons Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Pistons +6.5|
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This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena at 7:00 PM ET on Thursday, December 1, 2022.
Why Bet The Pistons:
✅ The Pistons will be without Cade Cunningham and possibly Jaden Ivey for this game. Neither player has translated to many wins for the Pistons, giving us a number here that is higher than it would be if they were healthy. But neither player should be responsible for the line moving, making this line one worth taking.
✅ Dallas’ outside shooters have been slumping around Luka Doncic this season. Players like Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock have not been doing their part, and their struggles will keep the Pistons in this one.
✅ The Mavericks have the worst ATS record in the NBA so far this season. They are 5-14-1 against the number this year, as they have struggled to live up to the lofty expectations that come with being led by the great Luka Doncic.
Team Stats Per Game
Team Stats Per 100 Poss
|114||Avg Opp Score||116.67|
|118||Avg Opp Score||119|
|113||Avg Opp Score||114.8|
|112.2||Avg Opp Score||115.4|
|109.1||Avg Opp Score||116.7|
|115.2||Avg Opp Score||116.6|
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The Dallas Mavericks come into this game with the Detroit Pistons having won a tight game against the Golden State Warriors at home. Dallas blew a huge first half lead in that game but did just enough to hold the Warriors off in the final minutes. Now, the Mavericks hit the road, where they are just 1-7 on the season so far.
For the Mavs, finding consistent shooting around Luka Doncic will be the key to this game and the rest of their games this season. They have the 20th ranked three-point shooting percentage in the league at the time of this writing. Given that they play several players in their starting lineup specifically to shoot around Doncic, that is a huge concern.
The Detroit Pistons are coming off of a beating at the hands of the New York Knicks. Detroit gave up 140 points in their loss to New York on Tuesday, and will aim for a better defensive showing against the Mavericks. Of course, to do that, they will have to find a way to make Luka Doncic earn everything he gets.
Defensively, the Pistons are allowing 117.7 points per game so far this season. That is tied for the second worst mark in the NBA, with the Spurs being the only team allowing more on the year. If Detroit can at least force some tough shots for the players around Doncic in this game, they could allow much less than usual in this contest.