The Atlanta Hawks host the Dallas Mavericks in the season opener for both teams at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. Atlanta is favored by two points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is set at 224.5 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds page).
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The model knows the Mavericks have a high-powered offense. Dallas is led by Luka Doncic, who averaged 27.7 points, 8.6 assists and 8.0 rebounds a season ago. The Mavericks also have a quality No. 2 option in Kristaps Porzingis and, after the All-Star break, Dallas was the No. 3 offensive team in the NBA in scoring 116.8 points per 100 possessions. One of the keys for the Mavericks is ball security, with Dallas turning the ball over on only 12.3 percent of possessions in 2020-21.
The model also knows the Hawks were a different team under Nate McMillan last season. Atlanta finished on a 27-11 run in the regular season, then the Hawks made an impressive run to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Hawks have a top-10 offense, headlined by Trae Young and John Collins, and Clint Capela's presence helped the Hawks to present a highly capable defense a year ago. Atlanta also has a pair of young forwards returning in De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish, both of whom should help to stabilize the team's defense.
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