New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks 2/17/2022

David Grunfeld/NOLA.com

New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks 2/17/2022

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks 2/17/2022

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David Grunfeld/NOLA.com

The Dallas Mavericks will be traveling to New Orleans tonight to take on the Pelicans. The Pelicans are trying to find a rhythm after acquiring CJ McCollum at the trade deadline, and the Mavericks continue their push for home-court advantage in the playoffs.

The Mavericks need to do what they always do and simply put trust in Luka Doncic to control the pace. If Doncic can control the pace of the game and be the consistently great engine he is, Dallas should be able to put points up with relative ease against a weak Pelicans defense. They’ll also need to find consistent secondary scoring and playmaking from Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie in order to take the load off the superstar.

For the Pelicans, they need to run a Bulls-like offense in order to succeed. Adding a mid-range assassin in McCollum to the group allows them to formulate multiple layers to their offense. Ingram and McCollum can take over as mid-range creators, Valanciunas can find a groove down low, and Graham can set up the offense and dish out assists. Herb Jones will also have the task of guarding Doncic, and if the rookie can somewhat contain Doncic, it’ll go a long way for New Orleans.

Expect Jones to do a good job on Doncic while the rest of the Pelicans offense gets hot early. It’ll be a very close outing, but New Orleans should come out victorious.

The Spread via FanDuel:

Moneyline: DAL: (-158) | NO: (+134)

Spread: DAL: -3.5 (-110) | NO: +3.5 (-110)

 

Final Prediction: Pelicans 125, Mavericks 122 OT

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