In this all-Western showdown, two squads with the same number of wins this season are clashing, when the New Orleans Pelicans (12-13), who have been unstable for the past week, are hosting the Dallas Mavericks (12-10), who have been hot lately having lost only once in their last six games.
Date/Time: 12-05-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans -6.5
New Orleans Pelicans have a 12-13 record (11-14 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 11th place of the West. In their last game they lost at home against the Clippers with a 126-129 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 28 ppg, adding 4.8 dimes and a team high 13 boards per game. He is followed by Jrue Holiday with 20.6 ppg, 4.5 boards and a team high 9 dimes per game.
Dallas Mavericks have a 12-10 record (15-7 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Blazers in the 7th place of the West. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Clippers with a 114-110 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 18.6 ppg, adding 6.6 boards and 4.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Harrison Barnes with 17.9 ppg and 4.8 boards per game.
In their four meetings last season both teams were tied 2-2 wins and were 1-1 in New Orleans (Pelicans won by 10 points and Mavericks by 8). Pelicans have a 9-3 home record this season, while the Mavericks are 2-8 on the road. Pelican s are better offensively, scoring 118.1 ppg to Mavs’ 110.8, while Mavericks are better defensively, allowing 108.5 ppg to Pelicans’ 116.7. Pelicans have a better field goal percentage (47.9% to 46%), while Mavericks have a better 3-point percentage (35.9% to 34.5%). Pelicans are better in boards grabbed (48 to 45.5), in dimes made (26.9 to 22.8) and in turnovers committed (15 to 15.9). Mavericks have been extremely weak on the road this season and Vegas odds give the Pelicans a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win tonight.
Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans -6.5 (-108)
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