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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/30/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




ATLANTA (46 - 42) at DALLAS (41 - 41)
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Wednesday, 10/30/2013 8:35 PM
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ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games46-42-8.339-4746-4197.448.546.1%48.297.349.544.8%51.6
Road Games19-25-1.823-2123-2096.147.845.8%47.097.651.045.4%51.4
Last 5 Games2-3-1.22-33-289.246.640.7%49.492.043.240.8%58.8
ATLANTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.448.537-8146.1%8-2336.9%14-2071.2%48924188144
vs opponents surrendering97.44937-8245.1%7-2035.6%17-2275.1%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)96.147.837-8145.8%8-2236.9%14-1973.3%47924198145
Stats Against (All Games)97.349.537-8344.8%7-2037.4%16-2076.5%521122198154
vs opponents averaging9748.837-8244.8%7-2035.5%17-2275.1%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)97.651.037-8245.4%7-2038.0%16-2175.8%511122188154

DALLAS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games41-41-4.847-3447-33101.151.146.2%49.1101.750.144.5%53.2
Home Games24-17-0.621-2025-14103.050.946.8%48.9100.649.244.5%52.5
Last 5 Games3-2+2.43-23-2100.450.846.7%49.497.246.641.7%54.6
DALLAS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)101.151.139-8446.2%7-2037.2%16-2079.3%49923218135
vs opponents surrendering98.349.537-8245.4%7-2035.9%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)103.050.939-8446.8%8-2037.9%17-2178.1%491024208135
Stats Against (All Games)101.750.137-8444.5%8-2235.9%19-2575.3%531222199144
vs opponents averaging98.349.437-8245.2%7-2035.6%17-2375.3%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)100.649.237-8344.5%8-2236.8%18-2476.6%531221198153
Average power rating of opponents played: ATLANTA 95.2,  DALLAS 95.9
ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2013@ DALLAS              
11/3/2013@ LA LAKERS              
11/5/2013@ SACRAMENTO              
11/7/2013@ DENVER              
11/11/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
11/13/2013NEW YORK              

DALLAS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/1/2013@ HOUSTON              
11/5/2013LA LAKERS              
11/6/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/8/2013@ MINNESOTA              
11/9/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
11/15/2013@ MIAMI              
ATLANTA: GUARDS: It was a rocky offseason for JEFF TEAGUE, who looked like a goner at one point. Instead, he'll be the focal point of Atlanta's offense . . . Coming off a torn ACL, resident gunner LOUIS WILLIAMS is a question mark entering the season, especially as a guy who relied so much on quickness and explosiveness. He may not be right again until 2014-15 . . . JOHN JENKINS was rock solid as a rookie and should see a bump in playing time with DeShawn Stevenson gone. Jenkins is a legit shooter who can hold his own defensively . . . Rookie DENNIS SCHRODER is a year or two away from consistent minutes, but the penniless man's Rajon Rondo comparisons aren't off . . . JARED CUNNINGHAM is a middling talent destined for a minor role. FORWARDS: PAUL MILLSAP was lost in the shuffle in Utah last year, but he'll be a significant part of this offense in Atlanta. He's a well-rounded power forward and may prove to be a better fit than Josh Smith was for the Hawks . . . KYLE KORVER is coming off a huge year and will play major minutes at both wing spots again . . . A shadow of his former self, ELTON BRAND will rotate in at power forward and center . . . This generation's junkyard dog, DEMARRE CARROLL gives Atlanta some defensive options on the wing and energy off the bench. Outside of some transition baskets, he's a non-factor on offense . . . Euro veteran PERO ANTIC is a finesse stretch four who provides frontcourt depth. CENTERS: After playing a lot of power forward alongside Zaza Pachulia last year, AL HORFORD will spend most of this season at center. With Josh Smith gone, he's poised to have his biggest offensive numbers ever . . . GUSTAVO AYON has proven capable of eating up some space on the second unit. He'll be the second big off the bench after Elton Brand.
DALLAS: GUARDS: MONTA ELLIS slides into the 2-guard spot vacated by O.J. Mayo. He should benefit from the attention Dirk Nowitzki gets and from playing alongside a pure point guard . . . JOSE CALDERON is a defensive liability, but he should have the Mavs' offense running more smoothly . . . VINCE CARTER has become one of the league's better sixth men. He'll see plenty of minutes for a team that figures to frequently play small ball . . . When healthy, DEVIN HARRIS should be the defensive side of a platoon with Calderon . . . Israeli star GAL MEKEL should be able to help at both guard spots on a part-time basis . . . WAYNE ELLINGTON has yet to prove he can do anything with second-unit minutes . . . After breaking his foot, SHANE LARKIN is looking at a redshirt year. FORWARDS: Last season was a bit of a lost season for DIRK NOWITZKI, who missed the beginning of the year after knee surgery and didn't get going until late. Health, as well as the arrival of a true point guard in Jose Calderon, should allow him to bounce back nicely . . . SHAWN MARION had a nice resurgence last season, and he should have at least one good season left as he plays for another contract . . . JAE CROWDER has a chance to establish himself as the heir apparent to Marion. He's a hustle guy right now, and whether he can be more will depend on whether he develops his jump shot . . . RICKY LEDO was a favorite NBA draft sleeper for many experts. But while the skilled wing has NBA talent, he also has a reputation for being a bad seed. Ledo is almost certainly headed to the D-League for now. CENTERS: SAMUEL DALEMBERT is a sad consolation prize in the Dwight Howard derby. He'll likely step in as a starter . . . BRANDAN WRIGHT has never been able to overcome injuries. He could end up splitting time with Dalembert . . . DEJUAN BLAIR will provide energy and offense at the four and five . . . BERNARD JAMES should continue to develop as a rim protector.
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*Hawks-Mavericks Preview* =========================

Atlanta (0-0) at Dallas (0-0), 8:30 p.m. EDT

(AP) - Dirk Nowitzki is healthy and ready for the opener with a revamped Dallas Mavericks roster.

A year ago, the big German was just days removed from knee surgery and had to watch a roster full of new faces for the first 27 games. That's the biggest reason a 12-year playoff streak ended for the Mavericks.

Nowitzki has two new guards in his starting lineup for the second straight year. Now the Mavericks have to see if Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon will be better than the pairing of Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo.

Dallas will start getting answers Wednesday night at home against Atlanta.

There's also the question of who among seven other newcomers will join holdovers Vince Carter and Shawn Marion as key members of the supporting cast.

"Our mission this year is to get back to winning in the playoffs," said coach Rick Carlisle, who hasn't won a postseason game since guiding the Mavericks to their first championship in 2011. "And we know that there aren't a lot of people that think we're capable of doing that."

Odds are Dallas will be the third-best team in Texas again, behind defending Western Conference champion San Antonio and Houston, a playoff qualifier that got Dwight Howard in free agency to pair with James Harden.

What gives the Mavericks (41-41) hope is that they almost made the playoffs even with the huge hole they dug waiting for Nowitzki to regain something resembling the form of an 11-time All-Star and 2007 MVP.

Calderon looks like an upgrade over Collison because he was the best 3-point shooter in the league last season and has high-level international experience with Spain, if not any NBA playoff series victories.

Ellis has the speed and quickness to be a threat in the lane, and Carlisle says he's an underrated passer. The biggest question, though, is whether he will shoot too much when that's not his strength. He had the worst 3-point percentage among qualifiers last season.

"I think we'll find a mix of youth, experience, some drivers, some shot-makers," said Nowitzki, one of two returning starters along with Marion. "I think we've got a good mix, got a good bench."

Carter is generally the first player off that bench, and rookie point guard Gal Mekel should see significant playing time early in the season while the Mavericks wait for the return of first-round draft pick Shane Larkin (broken ankle) and Devin Harris (toe surgery).

Dallas has a defense-first center in 11-year veteran Samuel Dalembert after Chris Kaman struggled in that area last year. Brandan Wright was the backup before a shoulder injury sidelined him indefinitely, leading to more time for another newcomer in the undersized DeJuan Blair, who spent his first four seasons with the Spurs.

The Mavericks have trips to Oklahoma City and two-time defending champion Miami in the first month, along with two games each against West playoff contenders Houston, Minnesota and Denver.

"We've got to really focus on what's immediately ahead," Carlisle said. "We have to manage the club to have us tuned up for the long haul, too. So that's been a lot of challenges."

The first challenge has arrived in the Hawks, who are in Year 2 of their massive makeover.

The Hawks (44-38) have only two players who were with the team just two seasons ago, center Al Horford and point guard Jeff Teague, opting for a complete transformation of a franchise that has long been a consistent playoff contender but never a championship threat.

General manager Danny Ferry started the process a year ago, letting go of Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams to rid the team of two cumbersome contracts. This year, Ferry didn't make much of an effort to keep longtime stalwart Josh Smith, who moved on to Detroit, and replaced him with Paul Millsap.

While the Hawks have yet to become an attractive destination for big-name free agents - they were rebuffed this past summer by Howard, who passed on a chance to come home to Atlanta - Ferry hopes to change that by turning Philips Arena into San Antonio East.

Ferry once worked for the Spurs, and he brought in Mike Budenholzer, a longtime assistant under Gregg Popovich, to bring that same team-first mentality to the Hawks.

Budenholzer's tenure in Atlanta got off to a rocky start when he was arrested for DUI, and it's going to take some time for the players to adjust to the motion offense he wants to play.

"It's constant movement," Horford said. "We've got to make sure we're all on the same page. If we don't, then we look stupid."

Heading into his seventh season, this is clearly Horford's team now. He's the only holdover among the core group largely responsible for six straight trips to the playoffs.

Budenholzer is counting on his 6-foot-10 center to provide leadership on the court and in the locker room. Horford, meanwhile, is hoping the new system takes some of the burden off him - especially at the defensive end, where he's always been a power forward forced to play a post role.

"He has a high basketball IQ," Budenholzer said. "The first and most important thing is that he's on the same page as far as what we're trying to do. He's been really, really focused on picking up the system."

Last Updated: 4/20/2018 11:32:09 AM EST

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