Through 3 Quarters

The Dallas Mavericks are just one quarter away from delivering their fans the win they’ve been expecting. a victory is still up for grabs for either team, but they are up 86-83 over the Detroit Pistons

Small forward Tim Hardaway Jr. has led the way so far for Dallas, as he has shot 5-for-8 from beyond the arc and has recorded 25 points. One thing to keep an eye out for is Willie Cauley-Stein’s foul situation as he currently sits at four.

Detroit has been led by small forward Saddiq Bey, who so far has 17 points along with eight rebounds.

The Pistons haven’t lost 97% of the games in which they were down heading into the final period this season, so a win here would be refreshing.

Who’s Playing

Dallas @ Detroit

Current Records: Dallas 34-27; Detroit 19-43

What to Know

The Dallas Mavericks’ road trip will continue as they head to Little Caesars Arena at 7 p.m. ET Thursday to face off against the Detroit Pistons. The Mavericks won’t have the home-court advantage, but they do enjoy a 7.5-point advantage in the spread.

Dallas took their contest against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday by a conclusive 133-103 score. The game was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 62-29. Point guard Luka Doncic continued his habit of dropping crazy stat lines, picking up 39 points and eight assists in addition to six boards.

Meanwhile, Detroit didn’t have too much trouble with the Atlanta Hawks at home on Monday as they won 100-86. The top scorers for Detroit were small forward Jerami Grant (18 points) and point guard Frank Jackson (18 points).

Dallas is expected to win this handily, but they should have beaten the Houston Rockets April 7 easily too and instead slipped up with a 102-93. In other words, don’t count Detroit out just yet.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Little Caesars Arena — Detroit, Michigan
  • TV: Bally Sports – Detroit
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Mavericks are a big 7.5-point favorite against the Pistons, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Mavericks as an 8.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Detroit and Dallas both have five wins in their last ten games.

  • Apr 21, 2021 – Dallas 127 vs. Detroit 117
  • Dec 12, 2019 – Dallas 122 vs. Detroit 111
  • Jan 31, 2019 – Detroit 93 vs. Dallas 89
  • Jan 25, 2019 – Dallas 106 vs. Detroit 101
  • Apr 06, 2018 – Detroit 113 vs. Dallas 106
  • Dec 20, 2017 – Dallas 110 vs. Detroit 93
  • Feb 15, 2017 – Detroit 98 vs. Dallas 91
  • Dec 14, 2016 – Detroit 95 vs. Dallas 85
  • Apr 01, 2016 – Dallas 98 vs. Detroit 89
  • Mar 09, 2016 – Detroit 102 vs. Dallas 96

Injury Report for Detroit

  • Wayne Ellington: Out (Rest)
  • Cory Joseph: Out (Rest)
  • Mason Plumlee: Out (Rest)
  • Jerami Grant: Out (Rest)
  • Rodney McGruder: Out (Elbow)
  • Dennis Smith Jr.: Out (Knee)

Injury Report for Dallas

  • Dorian Finney-Smith: Out (Lower Leg)
  • Luka Doncic: Out (Elbow)
  • Tyrell Terry: Out (Personal)

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