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New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction & Preview

New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks 2018-12-29 NBA,

#521 Dallas
Mavericks 230
#522 New Orleans
Pelicans -4.5
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 8:05pm
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The New Orleans Pelicans will host the Dallas Mavericks in a Southwest division battle Friday evening from the Smoothie King Center. The Mavericks came through with a 122-119 home win against the Pelicans on Wednesday night in the first half of the home-and-home set. The season-series is tied 1-1.

Mavericks End Slide with Win Against Pelicans

The Dallas Mavericks snapped a six-game losing streak with a thrilling 122-119 home win over the Pelicans on Wednesday night. The Mavericks drilled 48% of their shot attempts, and they out-rebounded the Pelicans 46-39. Mavs’ leading scorer Luka Doncic tallied his second straight double-double with 21 points and 10 assists in Wednesday’s defeat. The 19-year old small forward is having a spectacular rookie season, averaging 19 points along with 6.7 rebounds per game. Doncic has averaged 14.5 points in two games against the Pelicans this season.
DeAndre Jordan was stellar in Wednesday’s win, going a perfect 7 for 7 from the field for 20 points paired with 12 rebounds. The 10-year veteran center has now accumulated 22 double-doubles on the season, and he is posting an average of 11.4 PPG and 14.2 RPG on the year. Dallas has been awful on the road this season where they own a 2-14 record on the season.
Dallas now holds a 4-6 record in their last ten games overall. The Mavericks have been very productive from an offensive standpoint in their last six games, and they are currently averaging 111 points on the season, ranking them 16th in the NBA. Dallas is allowing an average of 110.2 points, positioning them 14th in the NBA.

Pelicans Losing Streak Extended to Five Games

The New Orleans Pelicans will be glad to return to their home court after going 0-4 on their road trip which concluded with Wednesday’s loss in Dallas. The Pelicans hold a solid 11-5 home record on the season. New Orleans posted a 46% clip from the field in Wednesday’s loss including 12 three’s, although their defensive woes continued. Pelicans’ top scorer Anthony Davis was outstanding in the loss, collecting 32 points along with 18 rebounds. The 25-year old power forward has reached 30 points in two out of his last three games, and he is having a terrific season, averaging 28.1 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. Davis is averaging 29.5 points in two games against Dallas this season.
Jrue Holiday is locked in, scoring a combined 52 points in his last two games which included 25 points in Dallas.  The nine-year veteran point guard is averaging a solid 22.4 points on the month, and 20.9 PPG on the season.
The Pelicans have dropped five straight games, and they own a 3-7 record in their last 10 games overall. They continue to score with consistency, averaging 116.4 points on the season, good for second in the NBA. New Orleans’ defense continues to be an issue, and they are allowing an average of 115.6 points, placing them 26th overall.

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