Sparks will fly on Monday, March 18 as the Mavericks (28-41, 22-13 home) host the Pelicans (30-42, 12-25 away) at 8:30 p.m. EST at American Airlines Center.
These two clubs have met three times this season, with the Pelicans winning on two occasions. The last time they played on December 29th, 2018, New Orleans won 114-112 behind 48 points from Anthony Davis.
The Mavericks began the day as 4.5-point favorites for this game, with a projected point total of 231. That’s a generous point spread, so think twice if you’re thinking of betting on the Mavericks. New Orleans is 33-38-1 against the spread this season and 39-33-0 over/under. Dallas, meanwhile, is 38-29-2 ATS and 31-38-0 over/under.
New Orleans enters the game ranked 24th in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 116.0 points per game and are holding opposing teams to 46.0% from the field and 36.0% from beyond the arc. Offensively, they’re averaging 115.8 points and are fifth in rebounds and fourth in assists.
On the flip side, Dallas ranks 20th in offensive rating. The Mavericks are averaging 107.9 points per game on 42.0% shooting and are 19th in rebounds and 24th in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 109.6 points per game and are 13th in field goals allowed and ninth in three-pointers allowed.
Both squads have been busy lately. The Mavericks are coming off of a 116-121 win against the Cavaliers in Cleveland in which they were 16 for 35 from deep were out-rebounded 48-47.
The Pelicans, meanwhile, are fresh off a 136-138 loss against the Suns in New Orleans in which they handed out 34 dimes and came up with 11 steals. Julius Randle torched the Suns for 21 points.
All told, the Pelicans have won three of their previous ten games and are 12th in the Western Conference, while the Mavericks have dropped eight of their previous ten and are 13th in the Western Conference.