Betting on basketball expectations have been exceeded by the Atlanta Hawks and first year coach Larry Drew as they are a bona fide NBA betting playoff contender.
The Dallas Mavericks will host the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night with a telecast on NBATV that is set to begin at 8:30 PM ET. Open your account at Sports Gambling for side and total odds on this interconference matchup of likely playoff teams.
Atlanta had a basketball betting NBA online mark of 29-16 straight up and 21-24 against the spread but was a profitable 14-10 against the board in road games as they went under the total in 13 of those 24 games away from home.
Dallas had a mark of 28-15 straight up and 21-20-2 with the NBA sports betting line. The Mavericks paid out in just 9 of 23 home games and went over the total 12 times as a host. Nowitzki was out earlier this month with an injury but has returned and leads the Mavs with 23.4 points per game.
Atlanta has paid out in 9 of their last 14 games as a dog while Dallas has gotten the money in just 8 of their last 20 games as a favorite with only 3 payouts in their last 8 games as a chalk. The Mavericks have gone under the total in 4 of their last 6 games as a favorite while Atlanta has gone over the number in 3 of their last 4 games as a dog.
Dallas has paid out in 11 of their last 20 games against Atlanta including the last 2 meetings between the teams. In the only previous meeting between the teams this year the Mavericks scored a 98-93 win and cover as 2 point road dogs as the game went under the total. This series has gone under the total in 4 of the last 5 matchups.
Although the Hawks have paid out in just 4 of their last 12 trips to Dallas they did get the money in their last 2 visits. This betting on basketball series has gone under the total in 5 of the last 6 matchups at Dallas.