Dallas Mavericks (11-10) vs New Orleans Pelicans (12-13)Date : 12/05/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Smoothie King Arena, New Orleans, Lousisiana
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans
The Dallas Mavericks will travel to Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, to battle the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Dallas Mavericks are winners of four of their last five outings, overall, with their last being a 114 – 110 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers as Harrison Barnes scored 30 points in the outing while DeAndre Jordan scored 16 points along with pulling down 23 boards versus his old team in the victory.
The New Orleans Pelicans, on the other hand, have lost six of their last eight games, overall, as they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers on December 3rd as Tobias Harris led the Clippers in scoring with 27 points while sealing the victory with late free throws for the Clippers while handing the Pelicans their second straight home loss in 3 contests. The over has been the play in 18 of the last 26 meetings amongst these teams at Smoothie King Arena.
Dallas Mavericks's Latest Performance :
Doncic leads the Mavericks in scoring this year with 18 points per outing yet he did not suit up in the last outing versus the Los Angeles Clippers. Nonetheless, Barnes along with Jordan stepped-up marvelously in his absence while JJ Barea came off the bench to score 24 points for Dallas in the much-needed win over a surging Los Angeles Clippers squad in their last time out. The defense allowed the Clippers to shoot 9-25 from 3-point range while also going 44% from the field in the contest as they had no answers for Harris along with Gallinari throughout.
On the other hand, the Mavericks’ ability to rebound was certainly key in this game as they outrebounded the visitors by a margin of 64-44 for the game en route to the victory. One cannot deny the fact that Dallas continues to play stellar basketball early in 2018 and will certainly look to continue this versus a struggling New Orleans team that simply cannot prevent teams from scoring in anyway, lately.
New Orleans Pelicans's Latest Performance :
While the New Orleans Pelicans have been great in their wins this season, they have certainly been bad in their losses as as well as in their last six losses, the Pelicans averaged 115 points per game. On the other hand, their defense, during this time, allowed opponents to score an average of 119 points per game. In all, the Pelicans’ inability to prevent teams from scoring throughout games was very apparent in their last outing versus the Los Angeles Clippers as the visitors shot 8 – 20 from long range while going 59% from the floor as they were led by Tobias Harris along with Danilo Gallinari with 27 and 24 points in the win.
On the other hand, the Pelicans also shot well on the night as they went 53% on the night while being led by Julius Randle and Jrue Holiday with 37 and 32 points while leading scorer, Anthony Davis, went 10-18 from the field on the night while ending with 23 points and 13 rebounds in the loss for the reeling Pelicans. In all, the New Orleans certainly need to tighten things up on the defensive end as they are ranked 27th in the league in points allowed with 118 points per outing. They will certainly get their chance in which to accomplish this versus a Dallas team that can possibly be without Luka Doncic due to a hip injury.
How Dallas Mavericks & New Orleans Pelicans Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Dallas is 14 – 7 ATS while the OU is 12 – 9
New Orleans is 11 – 14 ATS while the OU is 15 – 10
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting matchup for both squads as Dallas may have to take the floor without their leading scorer in Doncic for this matchup. On the other hand, New Orleans maybe without Nicola Mirotic as he is questionable for this matchup with an illness. With that being the case, this game will certainly be exciting and competitive, nonetheless, as both teams will be looking to pick up the victory in which to end a current losing skid, or, to extend their stellar, recent play, altogether.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: New Orleans Pelicans
My reason for the pick :
I will back the home team Pelicans in this matchup as the Dallas Mavericks will be making the trip to New Orleans on the second game of a back-to-back situation after facing a Portland Trail Blazers team at home the night before. The Pelicans, on the other hand, will have a day’s rest before matching up with the Mavericks and will certainly have the extra pep in their step late in the game as they will pull away en route to getting a much-needed victory. Of course, the Mavericks will certainly bring the focus into this matchup, however, weak legs will prevent them to remain consistent late in the game, where things tend to matter most.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest as the Pelicans have trended towards the over in four of their last 5 home matchups while the over has been the result in four of the last 5 games, overall, for the Dallas Mavericks. With that being said, I expect the trends to continue in this matchup as the Mavericks will certainly look to continue to utilize a balanced attacking which to put points on the board. On the other hand, the New Orleans Pelicans will also do what they do best which is shoot the ball well on a nightly basis.
Betting trends for Dallas Mavericks:
- Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Mavericks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest.
Over is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
Betting trends for New Orleans Pelicans:
- Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Under is 4-1 in Pelicans last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Pelicans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.