TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD
#548 INDIANA (-) over Dallas at 7:05 PM EST
In a bad mood off Saturday’s 92-85 home loss to New York, Indiana will bounce back with a solid effort when Dallas visits on Monday. The Mavericks make the trek to Nap Town off a SU and ATS home win over the Hawks and this will be a very difficult encore for head coach Rick Carlisle’s boys. Let’s take a look inside the numbers.
Considering the Pacers are just 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five meetings in this series, it won’t take much to get Indy fired up for this non-conference battle. In addition, since the start of the 2014 season, Indiana has been an effective home favorite notching a respectable 99-72-5 ATS record. Provided the Pacers are running the floor against a foe that scoots in with confidence off a straight up win, this team trend jets to a profitable 54-34-4 ATS. Also, as a non-conference home favorite fighting an opponent that arrives off a straight up home win, Indy has been a cash cow posting a proud 57-24 SU and 51-27-1 ATS mark. In this role coming off a non-division contest, the Pacers improve to a sensational 41-16-1 ATS.
Respect is certainly given to Dallas and it’s stunning 24-6-2 ATS tally in its last 32 road games. However, when coming off a SU and ATS victory, the Mavericks have struggled a touch posting a soft 14-20 SU and 14-19-1 ATS mark. In this role facing a non-division foe, Dallas drops to a woeful 10-17 SU and 9-17-1 ATS including a pitiful 2-12 SU and 2-11-1 ATS in this setting priced as an underdog or a favorite of -3 or less. Even worse, when hitting the hardwood off two or more pointspread wins, the Mavs own a woeful 46-65-3 ATS provided they are fighting a non-conference foe that arrives off a straight up loss. Please note: That situation is currently on a disturbing 17-33 ATS run.
The Pacers got slammed on the boards (57-34) in their home loss to the Knicks. With a full roster likely available, head coach Nate McMillan will have his boys ready to rock here. Take Indiana. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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