New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, Pick, and Preview, November 8 (11/8): NBA

New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, Pick, and Preview, November 8 (11/8): NBA

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Odds
Time 8:30 p.m. EST
Pelicans money line +310
Pelicans spread +8.5 (-110)
Mavs money line -415
Mavs spread -8.5 (-110)
Over / under 213 (-110)

 

Key stats
  Pelicans Mavs
Record 1-9 6-3
Road / home record 1-5 4-1
Last 10 record 1-9 6-3
Streak 6L 2W
Over / under record 3-7 1-6-2
Field Goal %/game 41.97% 42.33%
Field Goal % Allowed/game 47.76% 46.01%
Points / game 101.4 101.78
Points allowed / game 112.7 106.11
Pace 99.9 98.72
 
Preview

Tonight we have the Pelicans traveling to Dallas to take on the Mavericks. The Pelicans come into this game really struggling as they have dropped 6 straight. Brandom Ingram has missed the last 4 games and once again comes into this game listed as questionable with a hip injury. The Mavs come into this game winning 2 straight close games against the Spurs and Celtics. They had Kristaps Porzingis back last time out and he saw 27 minutes in his first action back, I expect between 25 and 32 minutes for the big man tonight. The Mavs will look to pick up another win against a struggling Pelicans squad. 

 

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans are still without Zion Williamson and they could also be without Brandom Ingram again tonight as he could miss his 5th straight game. Until Ingram is back this team will be run by the likes of Devonte' Graham, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and Jonas Valanciunas.  Graham has been up and down to start the year but has the ability to get hot from the field. Alexander-Walker anfd Josh Hart will also get big minutes and are more than capable of scoring and contributing on the defensive side of the ball. Jo Val has been great all season as he has been a leading scorer for this team and has been an absolute monster on the boards, he should once again be a big part of this offense. This Pelicans team just lacks the offense without Ingram and they currently sit bottom 3 in defensive rating, they'll look to turn things around tonight though against a tough Dallas team.

 

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs come into this game winning 2 straight and have finally got big man Kristaps Porzingis back from injury. This offense will run through Luka as always and he should have his way against this bad Pelicans defense. Porzingis will also absorb a good amount fo usage as the second option on the offensive side but will have to deal with Jo Val the majority of the time he is out there. The likes of Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway wil be tasked with scoring and some playmaking while Luka is off the floor, both can get hot from the field and score with the best of them. This should be an easy game for the Mavs as they look to pick up their 3rd straigth win.

Prediction

I'll be looking to target the total in this game as both teams have been bad on both the offensive end and defensive end of things. The Pelicans wil most likely continue to struggle to score without Brandom Ingram while the the Mavs have also been struggling from the field they could see a slight boost with Porzingis back. 

PICK: Under 213  (-110)

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