Dallas Mavericks Visit Charlotte Bobcats In NBATV Matchup

By: Willie Bee | Friday, November 9, 2012

Dallas Mavericks at Charlotte Bobcats
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Date: 11/10/2012 at 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Dallas -5, O/U 194½
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Television: NBATV

Dallas Mavericks: Back-to-back road games await head coach Rick Carlisle and the Mavs (4-1 straight-up, 3-2 against the spread), who will be in New York Friday night to face the Knicks before Saturday's matchup with the Bobcats. Dallas begins the trip having won three straight at home, including a Nov. 3 clash with Charlotte, 126-99 as 9½-point chalk. O.J. Mayo provided the punch for the Mavericks with 30 points, hitting seven of his 10 shots from beyond the arc. The cover was Dallas' fourth in the last five meetings with the Bobcats, and the victory continued the Mavs' success against the Charlotte franchise to 14-0 since it began play in the NBA in the 2004-05 season. Dallas is off to a 4-1 start and tied with San Antonio for the Southwest Division lead despite not having the services of Dirk Nowitzki who remains sidelined with a knee injury (check updated NBA injury report).

Charlotte Bobcats: Coach Mike Dunlap and the Bobcats (1-2 SU & ATS) will also be coming off a road tilt for Saturday's second half of a back-to-back. Charlotte is in New Orleans on Friday for a battle with the Bobcats and looking to stop an early two-game slide that began with the loss in Dallas a week ago. Ramon Sessions came off the bench to lead the 'Cats with 22 points in the loss to the Mavercks, and he added 17 more along with nine assists in last Wednesday's 117-110 setback at home to the Suns. Starting guard Gerald Henderson suffered a foot sprain in the defeat vs. Phoenix, and he is reportedly going to miss between two and four weeks. Charlotte ranks sixth in the NBA averaging with 99.7 points per game, and two of the team's first three contests have finished above the total. The last four meetings between the Bobcats and Mavericks have also jumped the scoreboard tally.

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