(NBA) Dallas vs. Charlotte, 01/13/2021 7:00 PM, Score: 104 - 93
Point Spread: 4.00 | -110.00 Charlotte (Home)
Result: Loss
8* Charlotte (7:05 ET): I like the Mavericks quite a bit and fully anticipate they’ll finish in the top four of the Western Conference by season’s end. But Charlotte has very much been an above-average team so far (surprising!) and because of that I’m taking the points Wednesday night. While the Mavs come in as winners of three in a row - SU and ATS - the Hornets have won and covered four straight, three of those coming in the underdog role. I had them last Friday in an upset of New Orleans on ESPN. Following that, they blew out the Knicks 109-88 as five-point home favorites.

This is already the second (and final) meeting of the season between these teams. Back on December 30th, the Hornets went into Dallas and pulled out a stunning 118-99 upset as eight-point underdogs. That was a cold-shooting night for the Mavs as they made only 39.1% of their FG attempts and were 12 of 42 from three-point range. If you’re looking for a reason why the Hornets have gotten hot, then look no further than the defensive end. Since a season opening loss in Cleveland, only Philadelphia has topped 110 points against them.

Dallas had a game postponed due to COVID on Monday, so that very well might “throw them off.” The last time they played was Saturday (a 112-98 win over Orlando), so don’t be surprised if they come out rusty. A slow start could very well cost them and this looks like a real bargain on the Hornets considering they were +8 when they visited Dallas. Now they are they home team and the Mavs are 0-5 ATS L5 as road favorites. 8* Charlotte