The New Orleans Pelicans and the Dallas Mavericks will face off in a Southwest Division clash at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday at American Airlines Center. Dallas is 11-9 overall and 6-3 at home, while the Pelicans are 6-18 overall and 3-10 on the road. Both teams are below .500 against the spread with Dallas coming in at 9-11 ATS and New Orleans at 10-14 ATS.
Dallas is favored by 7.5 points in the latest Mavericks vs. Pelicans odds from Caesars Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 218. Before entering any Pelicans vs. Mavericks picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Mavericks vs. Pelicans spread: Mavericks -7.5
- Mavericks vs. Pelicans over-under: 218 points
Why the Mavericks can cover
Dallas is coming off one of its best performances in franchise history. The Mavericks set a franchise record when they knocked down 57 of their 83 shot attempts in a 139-107 blowout over New Orleans. They hit 68.7 percent of their shots, besting a previous high of 67.7 percent from 1983.
The Mavericks had lost five of their last six games in November, so they were in desperate need of Wednesday’s reset. They made 18 of 34 3-point attempts and were paced by Luka Doncic’s 28 points. Dallas has now covered the spread in six of its last nine games and is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games against a team from the Western Conference.
Why the Pelicans can cover
New Orleans was unable to recover from a slow start on Wednesday, but it should still feel good about its chances heading into this game. The Pelicans had won three of their previous four games and are going to be motivated after losing their first two meetings with Dallas this season. They have been an excellent team in transition, scoring the ninth-most fast break points per game (12.5).
Brandon Ingram has been one of the best players in the NBA this season, averaging 21.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Big man Jonas Valanciunas is on a hot streak, scoring 17.6 points and grabbing 10.2 rebounds over his last 10 games. The Pelicans have won two of their last three road games, beating the Jazz and Clippers within the past week.
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