Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Hornets Game 2 Pick and Preview

NBA Playoff  Betting Preview
Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Hornets (Hornets Lead 1-0)
Tuesday, 7:05 pm Eastern – TNT

SBG Global Opening Line: Hornets  – 3.5 , Total 193

The New Orleans Hornets showed the NBA that they are not to be taken lightly as they handled the Dallas Mavericks in the first game of their best of seven series on Saturday.  The Hornets will try and make it two straight on Tuesday.  Chris Paul had 35 points and 10 assists to lead New Orleans to the 104-92 win in game one.  SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Hornets at Home.

New Orleans played superb defense on Saturday in the second half as they held the Mavericks to just 40 points.  Dallas shot only 33 percent for the game. “I think they really do understand that defense does win championships,” said New Orleans head coach Byron Scott, “Defense has been our staple all season long.”  The Mavericks must find a way to contain MVP candidate Chris Paul or this series could be a short one.  They also must find other scoring options other than Dirk Nowitzki. “We need those guys to play as if Dirk’s not on the floor, but at the same time, we know we need him on the floor,” Johnson said, “More than anything, whatever changes we need to make, we need the ball to go in the basket more than 33 percent of the time. If the ball can go in the basket more than 33 percent of the time and we can get back to our normal production, then we think that will help our defense.”

SBG Global Current Line: Hornets  – 3.5 , Total 193.5

Game #2 is a huge one for both teams considering Dallas has a big home court edge. “Game 2 is the most important game of the series, because if you win that game you’re still in the driver’s seat. You’ve accomplished your goal, which is keep home-court advantage,” Scott said. “But if you lose it, now all the pressure’s on you, because they’re going home with a split; they have two games at home, so the momentum shifts.”

Here are the NBA betting stats for Tuesday’s game.  The Mavericks are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 playoff games as an underdog. The Mavericks are 37-16-1 ATS in their last 54 vs. the Southwest. The Mavericks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mavericks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.

The Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as a favorite. The Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Hornets are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games as a home favorite. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between the two teams and the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Over is 10-1 in the Mavericks last 11 games as a road underdog. The Under is 5-2 in the Mavericks last 7 overall.

The Over is 5-1 in the Hornets last 6 playoff games as a favorite. The Over is 16-6-2 in the Hornets last 24 games as a home favorite. The Over is 13-6-2 in the Hornets last 21 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Under is 11-4-1 in the last 16 meetings between the two teams.

Pick: Look for the Mavericks to even up the series tonight. 3units Mavs