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Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets Pick & Prediction JAN 13TH 2021

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Dallas vs. Charlotte Recap JAN 13TH 2021

Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. led a balanced attack with 18 points apiece, and the Dallas Mavericks posted a rare road win by defeating the Charlotte Hornets 122-84 on Wednesday night.

The Mavericks took control of the game early and led by as many as 25 in the first half and 47 in the second half, with the reserves playing the entire fourth quarter.

The Mavs (18-19) came into the game 2-16 on the road this season. They had lost eight of their previous 10 overall.

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points, Dwight Powell added 15 off the bench, Wesley Matthews scored 11 and DeAndre Jordan had 13 rebounds.

The Hornets (18-19) continued on their see-saw in which they fail to get better than two games over .500 or worse than two games under .500 this season. They were coming off a blowout win over Orlando on Monday.

Kemba Walker was the Hornets' leading scorer with just 11 points. Walker, who came into the game averaging 25.8, was 4-for-14 from the field. The only other Hornets in double figures were Marvin Williams, Devonte Graham and Bismack Biyombo with 10 each.

The Hornets were without starters Cody Zeller (fractured hand) and Jeremy Lamb (strained hamstring).

The Mavs raced to a 42-26 lead after one quarter, going 10 of 17 from 3-point range in the period. They then held the Hornets to 15 second-quarter points in pulling out to a 65-41 halftime lead. The lead then grew to 34 at 87-53, and the Mavs settled for a 94-65 lead after three quarters.

The Mavs were playing the second game of a four-game road trip. They will play at Boston on Friday.

The Hornets go on a six-game Western trip, starting on Saturday at Denver.

--Field Level Media


The Dallas Mavericks look to extend their season-high winning streak to four games and avenge a lopsided loss to the Hornets earlier this season when the streaking teams meet Wednesday night in Charlotte, N.C.

The short-handed Mavericks (5-4) moved over .500 for the first time with a 112-98 victory over Orlando on Saturday, a game in which starters Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith and backup Jalen Brunson were sidelined because of COVID-19 protocols. Dallas shut down its facility the following day after Maxi Kleber tested positive for the virus.

The Mavericks were denied in their initial bid to record another win Monday when the NBA postponed their game against New Orleans because of health and safety concerns. Dallas did not have the minimum of eight players cleared to play in the game, per reports.

"We've been expecting that this kind of thing was a realistic possibility, and now we're dealing with it," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.

Some good news came for Dallas on Monday when Luka Doncic was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time in his career.

Doncic has averaged 30.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 11.3 assists during the Mavericks' three-game winning streak and leads the team in all three categories (26.6, 9.3, 8.3) for the season.

"We're trying to win every game whether we have six players or 15. But I think we did a great job," Doncic said after collecting 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against the Magic.

On Dec. 30 against Charlotte, however, Doncic misfired on all five of his 3-point attempts and was limited to 12 points in the Mavericks' 118-99 setback.

Kristaps Porzingis was not on the floor for that game but could make his season debut Wednesday. The 7-foot-3 star underwent knee surgery in October.

Charlotte rookie LaMelo Ball scored 22 points and Miles Bridges added 20 points and a career-best 16 rebounds in the previous game vs. Dallas. The matchup also saw tempers flare in the fourth quarter, leading to the Mavericks' James Johnson and the Hornets' Cody Martin and Caleb Martin being fined by the NBA.

Ball struggled from the floor on Monday, making just 3 of 13 shots, and finished with eight points in Charlotte's 109-88 victory over New York.

Gordon Hayward, who signed a four-year, $120 million deal in the offseason, surged for 28 of his 34 points in the first half against the Knicks. Hayward is averaging 29.3 points a game during the team's four-game winning streak.

"When the ball is moving and you're getting open shots and easy buckets, it's just fun," Hayward said. "Everyone's involved. It's hard to guard, and I think we're starting to figure each other out a little bit."

Hornets coach James Borrego credited his team's defense for holding the Knicks to 38 points in the second half.

"I just love our pride, our physicality, the communication and just the buy-in defensively more than anything," Borrego said. "To hold a team to 38 points in a half in the NBA, it doesn't matter who you play -- that's tough to do. Our guys were locked in every possession. We weren't perfect, but our defense is what is sustaining us right now and it's giving us a shot to win every single night."

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Charlotte Hornets

  • Cody Zeller

    Prob Fri | probable

    Zeller is on the mend from a fractured left wrist, and he is expected to make his return against the Bulls on Friday.

  • P.J. Washington

    Prob Fri | probable

    Washington is expected to be available for Friday's game versus the Bulls despite an ankle injury.

  • Gordon Hayward

    Prob Sat | probable

    Hayward sat out the last game with a left hip strain, but he will face the Raptors on Saturday.

Dallas Mavericks

  • Dwight Powell

    Out indefinitely | out

    Powell is out of commission while going through the league's health and safety protocols, and it is unknown how long he will be idle.

  • Maxi Kleber

    Out indefinitely | out

    Kleber is sidelined as he is enrolled in the league's health and safety protocol, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Josh Richardson

    Out indefinitely | out

    Richardson will miss an extended period as he is following the NBA's health and safety protocols.

  • Dorian Finney-Smith

    Out indefinitely | out

    Finney-Smith is following the NBA's health and safety protocol, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Jalen Brunson

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Brunson was absent from the lineup during the last game as he is going through the NBA's health and safety protocols. It is undetermined if he will suit up Monday versus the Raptors.

  • Tim Hardaway Jr.

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Hardaway Jr. was held out of the last game due to a left groin strain, and it is uncertain if he will take the court Monday versus the Raptors.

  • Kristaps Porzingis

    Prob Sun | probable

    Porzingis has a mild left ankle sprain, but it is not expected to keep him out of Sunday's showdown with the Bulls.

  • Kristaps Porzingis

    Prob Fri | probable

    Porzingis is expected to play against the Bucks on Friday despite an ankle injury.