The Mavs are 2-0 heading into this contest. Dallas has two decisive victories. In their first game they defeated the Utah Jazz by 10. Game 2 saw the Mavs handle an impressive Los Angeles Clippers team and notch an 8-point victory. The Mavs have been playing very solid basketball and there’s no reason to suggest that this won’t continue in their matchup with Charlotte.
Luka Doncic has become a bonafide star. His highlights regularly go viral and his numbers are equally impressive. Luka is looking to make this year the best season of his career. In less than 20 minutes of playing time against the Clippers, Luka nearly had a triple-double. In 18 minutes, he had 14 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds.
The Hornets have yet to be truly tested this preseason. They haven’t faced a team of Dallas’ caliber. Charlotte had a close match with Miami, but Dallas should prove to be a struggle for the young Hornets to handle. If Jason Kidd ups the playing time of some of the Dallas stars, they will be hard to stop.
Why The Hornets Could Cover The Spread
The Hornets are 1-2 going into their fourth game. While they may be 1-2 they were one possession away from being 2-1. Charlotte lost to Miami last Friday, 104-103. The Heat are a good team so Hornets fans should feel pretty optimistic, even though they lost. Both teams were giving their starters above average playing time. In a preseason where most starters don’t see more than 20 minutes these teams let their starting units loose for nearly 30 minutes. While Charlotte didn’t win, things are looking good.
One of the players that got nearly 30 minutes of playing time was LaMelo Ball. Last year’s NBA Rookie of the Year is getting a chance to continue right where he left off. The Hornets are taking the preseason seriously. With such a young roster they want to take any chance they get to iron out the kinks. This strategy will prove to be very effective and useful to those who support Charlotte. They are trying to grow the confidence of the players. LaMelo Ball getting 30 minutes of playing time in a preseason game should be a scary thought to opposing teams.
Next to LaMelo is Miles Bridges. Bridges has been in his bag this preseason. In their last matchup he played more than 30 minutes and capitalized on the opportunity. He scored 22 points, had 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Bridges has been balling and is a serious preseason threat. There’s no reason to think that Charlotte won’t continue to lean on him to carry their team, and they should.
Final Mavericks-Hornets Prediction & Pick
This game is going to be close. While the Mavs haven’t been giving their stars more than 20 minutes of playing time, Charlotte has been cutting their players loose. Picking one team to win this game is a very tough choice. That’s why the pick to look at is the over under. Dallas has put up 111 and 121 in their two preseason matches. Charlotte is averaging a little over 105 in their first three games. As the preseason goes on and players get more comfortable, expect more buckets. Pick the over and get ready to watch a fun and competitive match up.
The Charlotte Hornets will host the Dallas Mavericks at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC, in a 2021-22 NBA preseason matchup on Wednesday.
While the Mavs have won their two previous games, the Hornets have lost two on the bounce. James Borrego quickly needs to find a lineup and game plan for the Hornets that works well for the team before the preseason begins. This match would be the best opportunity to do so.
Point Guard – T.J. McConnell | Shooting Guard – Chris Duarte | Small Forward – Jeremy Lamb | Power Forward – Domantas Sabonis | Center – Myles Turner
The Pacers look to pick up another preseason victory when they host the Memphis Grizzlies in the newly renovated Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Wednesday night’s bout will be the first Pacers game played in the newly renovated, newly named venue.
The Blue & Gold hope to carry the momentum of a strong second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers over to this game, especially on the defensive end. After stumbling out of the gate against the New York Knicks in last Tuesday’s preseason opener, Indiana worked out the kinks against the Cavs on Friday. The squad limited Cleveland to just 16 points in the third quarter en route to earning a 109-100 victory.
Much like the Cavs, Memphis boasts a young and talented roster anchored by a veteran. Guiding the Grizzlies up the floor is the always dynamic point guard Ja Morant (19.1 points, 7.4 assists per game in 2020-21). With just two years of NBA experience, the Murray State star has already collected a reel of highlights that range from high-flying dunks to behind-the-back dishes to his teammates.
Anchoring the frontcourt is the big-bodied, two-headed monster of youngster Jaren Jackson Jr. and veteran Steven Adams. Jackson, a 6-11, 242-pound power forward, is averaging a solid 15.4 points per game over his first three years in the league. Meanwhile, Adams, who stands at 6-11 and 265 pounds, is widely known for his rebounding prowess in the paint. The eight-year NBA veteran has averaged nearly nine rebounds per contest for the last four years.
Memphis’ squad will give head coach Rick Carlisle and the Pacers’ defense another decent litmus test as the season draws near. As Indiana deals with a lot of new moving parts, fans will get to see the chemistry start to unfold.