The Detroit Pistons will host the Dallas Mavericks at the Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, on 1st December 2022. It will be the first time the two teams face each other in the current NBA season. The last time the two teams played a match was in April when the Mavericks won by 131:113.
In the past 15 years, the two teams have played 34 matches against each other, out of which the Dallas Mavericks have won 25 times, while Detroit has won only 9.
Let’s look at the recent performance of the two teams in the NBA season and assess what could be the outcome of the game on Thursday.
Dallas Mavericks Statistics
The Dallas Mavericks are currently in 11th place in the Western Conference and 21st in the NBA. The team has played 20 matches till now, out of which it has won 10 and lost 10 matches. The Mavericks played their last match against the Golden State Warriors as a final rematch of the Eastern Conference and won by a score of 116:113, breaking its four-game losing streak. As a home team, they were favoured to win against the defending champions and did not disappoint.
The Mavericks have scored an average of 109.5 points per game, putting them in 24th place in the league. They are 12th in the league with an average of 111.3 points per 100 possessions. Their field goal percentage is 46.8, earning them the 15th spot in the NBA. In terms of 3-point percentage, the Mavericks are in 19th place with 34.5%. Luka Doncic is the lead scorer for the team, with 33.1 points per game and an average of 8.7 rebounds and 8.4 assists. On the game’s defensive side, the Mavericks concede an average of 111.7 points per 100 possessions, putting them in 11th place in the NBA. Their shooting percentage from the field is 47.7%, placing them in 24th place.
Detroit Pistons Statistics
The Detroit Pistons will come into Thursday’s game with a three-game losing streak. The Pistons lost to New York Knicks by 140:110 on Tuesday, 29th November. The team is currently in 15th place in the Eastern Conference, having won only 5 out of the 23 matches played so far.
As is obvious from the results, Detroit is struggling in the season. Trouble started right after it opened the season with a win against Orlando. Following the match, the team lost 15 out of the next 17 games, after which it managed to win against Denver and Utah. After that, however, it was again a downhill run as the team lost against Cleveland and Phoenix the following week, with the recent blow against the Knicks in a recent game.
In terms of offence, the Pistons are just a little behind the Mavericks with an average of 109.1 points. The lead scorer for the team is Bojan Bogdanovic, with 20.3 points, 2.5 assists, and 4 rebounds per game. Many prominent team players have been struggling with injuries, including Bogdanovic, who sat out for Sunday’s match due to knee pain. The team’s lead guard players Cunningham, Jaden Ivy, N. Noel, and Isaiah Stewart, are also possibly out due to injuries.
Dallas Mavericks Vs. Detroit Pistons Prediction
The massive count of injuries has put the Detroit Pistons in a tough spot and pushed them behind in the league standings and overall statistics. Also, if we review the previous head-to-head count between the two teams, the Mavericks have enjoyed an upper hand and dominated most matches. They will also be coming in with a win against a strong contender. The Mavericks may not have the home advantage, but their recent performance and records put them in a better position to win Thursday’s game.