2019-20 NBA Season (74th NBA Season)
Wednesday, March 3, 2019 @ 9:30 p.m. ET (American Airlines Center)
Over/Under: 238.5; Mavericks -5.5 (-119)
Best Moneyline: Pelicans +210, Mavericks -230
In tonight's intraconference matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans (26-35) and Dallas Mavericks (37-25), the Pelicans are aiming to secure a top 8 playoff spot in the Western Conference standings, whereas the Mavericks are fighting to replace the Oklahoma City Thunder for the No. 6 ranking. Thus far, New Orleans is 30-29-2 ATS and 34-25-2 O/U this season, while Dallas is 33-26-3 ATS and 37-25 O/U. This game can be watched on FSNO, FSSW, ESPN, NBA League Pass, and via a live streaming service. According to the Land of Basketball database, based on 66 regular season games played all-time head-to-head, the Mavericks are 42-22 versus the Pelicans. This season, Dallas is 3-0 against New Orleans, winning 123-116 on Oct. 25, 2019, 118-97 on Dec. 3, 2019, and 130-84 on Dec. 7, 2019.
In the 2018-19 season, the Pelicans finished 3-1 versus the Mavericks. New Orleans has never swept Dallas in the team's franchise history. However, the Mavericks swept them in the 2013-14 season series. From the 2002-03 season to the end of the 2006-07 season, the Mavs won sixteen consecutive games against them. Moreover, in the Pelicans' 139-134 home defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves, shooting guard Jrue Holiday scored 27 points and accumulated 10 total rebounds, 12 assists, and no steals or blocks. Point guard Lonzo Ball finished his night with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. Zion Williamson had 25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block. Williamson has scored at least 20 points in twelve consecutive games.
The Pelicans' bench players scored a combined total of 22 points, with Josh Hart contributing 11 points overall. Nicolo Melli also ended his performance with 5 points. For more in-depth box score game statistics, New Orleans shot 52-100 (52 percent) from the field, 14-39 (35.9 percent) from the three-point arc, and 16-27 (59.3 percent) at the free throw line. Additionally, the Pelicans ended their 5-point loss with 44 rebounds, 37 assists, 13 steals, 2 blocks, and 68 points scored in the paint. Their largest lead in this matchup was by 12 points. It should go without saying that this game was all offense. Nevertheless, the Pelicans failed to score more than 23 points in the forth quarter. The Timberwolves came ready to play.
Meanwhile, in the Mavericks' 109-107 road loss to the Chicago Bulls, shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 26 points and earned 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, and no blocks. Shooting guard Luka Doncic ended his game with 23 points, 5 total rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, and no blocks. Dorian Finney-Smith had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and no steals or blocks. The Mavs' bench players scored a combined total of 19 points versus the struggling Bulls. This was quite a disappointing effort, considering the team entered the United Center as road favorites. Boban Marjanovic was responsible for 14 of those 19 points scored from the bench. For more in-depth box score game statistics, Dallas shot 40-84 (47.6 percent) from the field, 12-42 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc, and 15-20 (75 percent) at the free throw line.
Plus, the Mavs concluded their 2-point road loss with 55 rebounds, 26 assists, 9 steals, 5 blocks, and 50 points scored in the paint. Their largest lead of the game was by 12 points. They held the Bulls to only 19 points in the opening, but then again, Dallas scored just 17 points in the third quarter. Chicago put up 61 points in the second half alone. Furthermore, for the Pelicans' betting trends, they are 2-4 SU in their last six games played against the Mavericks. They are also 4-1 SU in their past five road games, and the total has gone over in five of the team's previous five games played in the month of March. Not to mention, the Pelicans are 5-15 SU in their last twenty games played on the road versus Dallas, and the total has gone over in thirteen of the team's past eighteen games played against Western Conference opponents.
New Orleans has won six of the past ten games on their schedule; they are now on a two-game losing streak. Their most recent win was the team's 116-104 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, played on Feb. 28. As for the players' statistics, Brandon Ingram is leading the team in points, averaging 24.6 points per game. Ranking second in points, Zion Williamson is averaging 24.2 points per game. Derrick Favors is earning 10 rebounds each game, too. Upon further review of the Pelicans' injury report, SG J.J. Redick is out between two to three weeks, and SF Kenrich Williams is still out indefinitely.
Redick is missing some time due to straining his left hamstring. On the flip side, for the Mavericks' betting trends, they are 15-5 SU in their last twenty games played at home against the Pelicans. They are also 4-15 SU in their past nineteen games played in the month of March, and the team is 10-2 ATS in their previous twelve games versus Southwest division teams. Dallas is also 4-1 ATS in the team's last five games against Western Conference opponents, and the total has gone under in four of the past six games. Dallas has won six of the last ten games on their schedule. Over this ten-game stretch, the Mavs had two back-to-back wins.
For the players' statistics, Luka Doncic is leading the team in points, averaging 28.5 points per game. Ranking second in points, Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 19.2 points per game. Porzingis is earning 9.4 rebounds each game as well. After evaluating the Mavericks' injury report, both point guards J.J. Barea and Seth Curry are listed as questionable to play in tonight's game, PF Kristaps Porzingis was upgraded to probable, PG Jalen Brunson is out indefinitely, and PF Dwight Powell is out for the season.
Cover The Spread 365 2019-20 NBA Season Betting Trends
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in the team's last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Orleans' past 10 games.
New Orleans is 1-5 ATS in the team's previous 6 games against Dallas.
New Orleans is 2-4 SU in the team's last 6 games versus Dallas.
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in the team's past 5 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Dallas' last 13 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Dallas' past 10 games against New Orleans.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas' previous 6 games at home.
Dallas is 15-5 SU in the team's last 20 games when playing at home versus New Orleans.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas' past 6 games this season.
Free NBA Expert Picks Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans Predictions
In the previous three head-to-head meetings, the Mavericks are 3-0 versus the Pelicans. They are also 3-0 ATS, 1-2 O/U, and averaged 123.67 points in these three games. On top of out-rebounding New Orleans 51.67 to 43, Dallas had a higher field goal percentage of 48.31 percent. For three-point shooting, the Pelicans shot 29/114 from beyond the arc, while the Mavs shot 46/123. In comparison to Dallas ranking 3rd for scoring offense, averaging 116.4 points per game, New Orleans ranks 4th overall, averaging 116.1 points each game. Knowing the capabilities of these two teams' offenses, there is a slim chance for the total to go over.
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