New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavs Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-26-2018




New Orleans Pelicans vs  Dallas Mavs	Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-26-2018

New Orleans Pelicans (15-19) vs Dallas Mavs (15-17)

Date : 12/26/2018
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavs

The  New Orleans Pelicans will travel to American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, to battle the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Dallas Mavericks recently ended a six-game road trip to where they went winless during this time while ending the trip with a loss versus the Portland Trail Blazers as Dallas was able to rally in the fourth quarter in which to force overtime, yet were outscored 11 – 7 en route to their 7th loss in their last 10 outings, overall.

The New Orleans Pelicans are losers of their last four games as well as they suffered a loss on the road to the Sacramento Kings in their last outing as the Pelicans shot 47% from the floor yet connected on six 3-pointers on the night as the Kings made good on 14 three pointers with Buddy hield, once again, leading the team with 28 points  in the win. Nonetheless, the under has been the play in 6 of the last 7 games amongst these teams at American Airlines Arena while the Pelicans are 4-1 against the spread in the last 5 meetings, overall.

 

New Orleans Pelicans 's Latest Performance :

And just when one may have thought  things cannot get any worse for the New Orleans Pelicans, Nikola Mirotic is now on the injured list with a ankle injury and is questionable for this matchup versus the Dallas Mavericks. Of course, the Mavericks were not playing outstanding with him in the lineup, recently; However, they were even worse with him out of the lineup as they fell to the Sacramento Kings on the road after a stellar  first quarter to where they held a 36 – 25 lead at its conclusion; However, the Kings outscored the visitors by total of 97 – 81 throughout the remaining quarters en route to the much-needed victory.

Jrue Holiday pumped in 27 points along with six rebounds and seven assists for the Pelicans in the loss while Anthony Davis had 26 points, 17 rebounds, along with four assists in the contest. Julius Randle also chipped in 18 points along with 9 rebounds for a New Orleans Pelicans squad that is currently in the cellar of the Southwest  division standings while Dallas is currently ranked fourth.  Look for them to attempt to get back into the win column versus a Dallas team that may be terrible on the road, however, has  won 12 of 16 games at home this year.

 

Dallas Mavs's Latest Performance :

The Dallas Mavericks have only picked up wins in 7 of 16 road games in 2018 as their last road trip was certainly an illustration of their woes away from American Airlines Center as they went 0-4 while also going winless in the last 5 road games, overall, with their last loss came against the Portland Trail Blazers as the Dallas Mavericks were disposed of after a late rally in the fourth quarter to cause overtime.  During the overtime period, Damian Lillard along with Jusuf Nurkic  led the team with 33 points along with 10 points along with 12 rebounds for Nurkic in the win as the Blazers shot 47% from the floor while nailing 11 3-pointers on the night.

On the other hand, the Mavericks ended the game with twelve 3-pointers while shooting 42% for the game as Harrison Barnes led the team with 28 points as he went 5-8 from three-point range while Luka Doncic ended the game with 23 points,  11 rebounds, along with six assist while going a dismal 2 – 7 from 3-point range for the Mavericks as the team possess 5 double-digit scores for the game. Finally, the Blazers outrebounded the Mavericks 53-49 for the night while also having six blocks along with five steals for the all-important win.

On the other hand, the Mavericks kept their streak intact of allowing teams to score at least 120 points in each of their last five outings, altogether. Of course, they will be looking to right the ship versus a New Orleans team that has struggled on both sides of the floor as their offense is averaging 111 points per game while their defense is giving up a total of 117 points  during their four-game losing streak.

 

How New Orleans Pelicans & Dallas Mavs Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

New Orleans  is 15 – 19 ATS while the OU is  18 – 16

Dallas is 19 – 13 ATS while the OU is  18 – 14

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will be an interesting matchup in that you will have a couple of teams that have not played well recently and will certainly be looking to get back into the win column as soon as possible. On one hand, the Mavericks will certainly be looking to get back home in which to get back on the winning track as they have played much better on both sides of the floor at American Airlines Center. On the other hand, the Pelicans have lost four straight games along with four of five overall,  and will be chomping at the bit in which to play better, particularly on the defensive end, in which to pick up a much-needed win.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Dallas Mavericks

My reason for the pick :

 

 

By virtue of how the Mavericks have played at home this year I will pick  them to certainly pick up a victory in this matchup on Wednesday night versus a terrible New Orleans Pelicans team away from Smoothie King Arena. In all, look for the Mavericks to take advantage of this game as they will be looking to take full advantage of a New Orleans defense that is no stranger to  allowing teams to put points on the board in bunches.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

The over has been the play in the last five games for the Dallas Mavericks while also being the result in two of the last three games, overall, for the Pelican as they have allowed opponents to score an average of 117 points per game during this time. In all, look for the over to be the strong  play in this matchup as well as I certainly see the Pelicans as well as the Mavericks putting points on the board due to the inconsistency of the opponent’s defense. Nonetheless, I expect this to be a very interesting and highly competitive matchup throughout.

Betting trends for New Orleans Pelicans :

  • Over is 4-0 in Mavericks last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 4-0 in Mavericks last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 5-0 in Mavericks last 5 overall.

Betting trends for Dallas Mavs:

  • Pelicans are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
    Pelicans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest.
    Under is 6-1 in Pelicans last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.