Two of the four worse teams of the Western Conference are clashing today, when the Dallas Mavericks (28-41), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the New Orleans Pelicans (30-42), who on the other hand want to end their current lengthy losing streak.
Date/Time: 03-18-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Dallas Mavericks -4.5
Dallas Mavericks have a 28-41 record (38-29-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Grizzlies in the second to last place of the West. In their last game they snapped a seven-game losing streak by winning at home against the Cavaliers with a 121-116 score. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 21 ppg, adding 7.4 boards and 5.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 15.2 ppg and 3.2 boards per game.
New Orleans Pelicans have a 30-42 record (33-38-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in 12th place of the West. They have six consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Suns with a 136-138 score in overtime, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 26.3 ppg, adding 3.9 dimes and a team high 12.1 boards per game. He is followed by Jrue Holiday with 21.2 ppg, 5 boards and a team high 7.7 dimes per game but he is out with an injury.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Pelicans lead the Mavericks 2-1 wins with each team having won at home. Mavericks have a 22-13 home record, while the Pelicans are 12-25 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 115.8 ppg to Mavs’ 107.9, while Mavericks are better defensively, allowing 109.6 ppg to Pelicans’ 116. Pelicans have better percentages both in field goals (47.5% to 44.6%) and in 3-pointers (34.6% to 34.2%). They are better in boards grabbed (47.2 to 44.9) and in dimes made (27.1 to 22.8) and both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (14.1 to 14.2). Mavericks are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction: Dallas Mavericks -4.5 (-110)
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