Hornets vs. Mavericks - Free NBA Picks, March 24th

Jordan Sharp

Saturday, March 24, 2018 3:08 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 3:08 PM UTC

The Dallas Mavericks are completing their tank job to close the season by not playing any defense whatsoever. That’s good news for the Hornets, who are still technically in the playoff race, but won’t be there for long.

Hornets vs. Mavericks

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Free NBA Pick: OVER 214Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

The Dallas Mavericks might be getting their prized rookie tonight with Dennis Smith Jr., and if that happens, their offense might take another leap against the Hornets. Dallas is averaging nearly 110 points per game over their last five games, and over their last eight home games, Dallas is 6-2 cashing the over.

Take a look at footage from Dallas’ most recent loss against Utah. They took a team who plays at the slowest pace in the NBA and sped them up to a final score of 119-112.

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If Dallas continues this streak of playing quickly, the Hornets should have no problem matching pace. Since the beginning of March, the Mavs are pushing the pace at around 100 possessions per game, and if Smith can come back strong tonight, they have no other choice but to play fast.

Even though the Hornets have struggled some on offense since the injury to Nicolas Batum, they are playing even faster than Dallas since the beginning of this month. They are 6-3 cashing the over this month, and I see it going over again Saturday.

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