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Pelicans vs Mavericks NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: New Orleans Pelicans at Dallas Mavericks
  • Where: Dallas at American Airlines Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds DAL -7.5, NO +238 | DAL -298 O/U 225.5

So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 24-15, while going 20-19-0 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.

Not only did the Pelicans drop their last game to the Nets. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 108-102 as 4 point underdogs. New Orleans let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was CJ McCollum, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 41.7% of his shots.

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So far, the Mavericks have put together an overall record of 22-17, while going 13-24-2 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Dallas is 0-3 vs the spread in these matchups.

Not only did the Mavericks drop their last game to the Celtics. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 124-95 as 3 point underdogs. In the defeat, Dallas did not outscore the Celtics in a single quarter. In the loss, Luka Doncic led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 30.4%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Pelicans averaged 106.0 points per game vs the Mavericks. On the other side, Dallas saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Pelicans, as they averaged 115.75 points per game in these matchups. The Mavericks have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 7 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 221 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The New Orleans offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 5th ranked offense at 117.1 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.4 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 8th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.

Against the Mavericks, the Pelicans will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 13th in points allowed.

Without Zion Williamson, New Orleans will need CJ McCollum to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Dallas today. This season, Williamson leads the team in scoring with 26.0 points per game. McCollum is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 20.4 points per game, which places him 53.0th in the NBA. In his 35 games, he has hit 42.4% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game.

This season, the Dallas offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 112.1 points per game. So far, the Mavericks are averaging 96.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This slow style of play has made a difference in their overall scoring numbers, as Dallas is just 28th in made field goals per game.

Defensively, the Mavericks are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 104.72 points per contest (2nd).

Point-Guard Luka Doncic currently leads the Mavericks at 34.0 points per game. For the season, he is 3rd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 27.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Doncic is averaging 8.8 boards and 8.7 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 10th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Christian Wood enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 36 games, he is averaging 17.6 and is 61st in the league in player efficiency rating.

Pelicans vs Mavericks Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Mavericks -7.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 225.5


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