The Dallas Mavericks will be playing the second game of a back-to-back situation when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night. Dallas was 7-2 in its last nine contests heading into Tuesday’s home date with Portland. The Pelicans have alternated losses and wins over their last five outings.
Chipped tooth won’t slow down Mavs
The Mavericks had also won nine of their past 12 heading into Tuesday. They continued their recent shot stretch stretch with a 114-110 home victory over the Clippers this past Sunday and have topped the 100-point mark in four of their last five. Impressive rookie forward Luka Doncic (hip) was unable to play against L.A. but was expected to return against Portland on Tuesday. Second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will be in the lineup but had a dentist appointment on Monday after losing part of a tooth courtesy of an elbow from Clippers guard Patrick Beverley.
“It’s just a freak accident,” Smith explained. “I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose. I’m sure that wasn’t his intentions, but it happens. Come back in, finish the game…we got a win. That’s all that matters. I love when the game gets like that. You can go out there, get mad, play with some intensity, heart. When it gets chippy, it’s just like playing back home. That’s the best way to play.”
Small forward Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 30 points against Los Angeles and is averaging 24.0 over the last five games.
One big Holiday
The Pelicans are finally starting to get some consistent results on the defensive end of the court. Behind 36 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, and two steals from Anthony Davis, New Orleans picked up a 119-109 win at Charlotte last Sunday, stifling Hornets guard Kemba Walker in the process. That marked the third straight occasion on which Davis and company limited an opponent to fewer than 110 points. In addition to keeping Walker at bay, guard Jrue Holiday finished with 19 points and eight assists. The stretch of solid defense came to an end with Monday’s 129-126 setback against the Clippers on Monday.
Frazier handed out nine assists in his third straight start when New Orleans beat Charlotte. The veteran out of Penn State has 30 assists compared to just five turnovers during that stretch, while Holiday averaged 23 points on 51.9 percent shooting during the same span. Holiday then poured in 32 points to go along with 14 dimes against Los Angeles. Davis has produced gaudy numbers across the board and has been particularly effective at home, averaging right around 30 points on better than 50 percent shooting to go along with 13.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per contest.
The New Orleans Pelicans are:
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall
- 35-16 Over in their last 51 home games
- 4-1 Over in their last five games against the Southwest Division
The Dallas Mavericks are:
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 overall
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against the Western Conference
- 4-0 ATS in their last four games against teams with losing record