The Dallas Mavericks (7-2) travel to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (4-5) on Sunday, November 12th. This game will be played at Smoothie King Center in Smoothie King Center and televised on BSNO. The Mavericks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pelicans are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Clippers. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Mavericks vs Pelicans
The Mavericks Are Coming Off A Win
In the Mavericks’ most recent game against the Clippers, Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 44 points while going 17/21 from the field. As the Mavericks secured the victory with a final score of 144-126, Kyrie Irving also chipped in with 27 points.
The Mavericks will face the Pelicans bringing in an overall record of 7-2 and a 2-1 record over their previous three games. At the moment, the team holds 2nd place in the Western Conference and 1st place in the Southwest division.
Dallas comes in with an overall ATS record of 5-4 so far this season. This season, Dallas has a 4-3 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 1-1 when playing as underdogs.
The Pelicans Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Pelicans lost to the Rockets with a final score of 104-101. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Pelicans failed to cover the spread as +2.5 point underdogs. In terms of the over/under, the combined 205 points was below the over/under line of 220.
Getting ready to face the Mavericks, the Pelicans hold an overall record of 4-5 and need a win to break their four game losing streak. Currently, the team is 10th in the Western Conference as well as 3rd in the Southwest division.
New Orleans’ ATS record is currently below .500 at 4-5 for the season. This season, New Orleans has a 2-2 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 2-3 as underdogs.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
The Mavericks arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 122.8 points per game (2nd). So far, Dallas is averaging 100.4 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. The team not only plays at an up-tempo pace but also combines this style with one of the NBA’s superior field goal percentages, standing at 48%.
Pelicans Offense Breakdown
New Orleans has recorded an average of 107.4 points per game (28th) throughout nine games games. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Pelicans are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.1 per contest. Right now, the Pelicans offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 26th in effective field goal percentage.
Mavericks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Mavericks’ defense is giving up an average of 116.9 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 66.7% of their games.
In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Mavericks defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 56.6% while allowing 34.6% from downtown.
Pelicans Team Defense
So far, the Pelicans’ defense is ranked 18th in the league at 114.0 points per contest.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Pelicans squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 57.1% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 31.1% from downtown.
Key Players For The Mavericks And Pelicans
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Luka Doncic as the primary point contributor for the Mavericks, finishing with 21 points while maintaining a 7/14 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 32.9 points per game along with 8.9 boards.
On the flip side, our predictions place Brandon Ingram as the leading scorer for the Pelicans. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 20 while also collecting 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 48.3%, and his scoring average is 23 points per game.
Mavericks vs Pelicans Trends
- Across their last three road contests, Dallas has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 118 points per game.
- Through their last ten home games, New Orleans has an ATS record of just 5-5. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 111 points per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Pelicans have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 0-3.
- The Mavericks have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 2-1 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
Mavericks vs Pelicans Prediction
The Mavericks is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 120-111. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Mavericks at -2.5.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 234.5, and our model projects the Mavericks and Pelicans to reach a combined total of 231 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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