New Orleans Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks
How To Watch:
Date: Thursday, February 2nd
Game Time: 8:30 pm EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Record: Mavericks (27-25, sixth in the Western Conference), Pelicans (26-26, 10th in the Western Conference)
Things To Know:
-The teams meet for the third time this season, with each winning one at home. The Mavericks won their last meeting on January 7, 127-117, led by Luka Doncic with 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
-Mavericks are 19-12 against Western Conference opponents, while the Pelicans are 7-3 against division opponents.
-Pelicans are currently on a nine game losing streak.
-Dallas, at home, is 9-16-2 against the spread this season.
-New Orleans, on the road, is 10-16-0 against the spread this season.
Why The Mavericks Can Win
The Mavericks will go as far as MVP candidate Doncic goes. Averaging a near triple-double on the season, Doncic is coming off a 53 point performance in a 111-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. In their most recent meeting, January 7, Dallas held control of the game from beginning to end.
Luka Doncic and Christian Wood did a lot of damage against the Pelicans' defense in PnR:
1. No-look, live dribble lob for dunk.
2. Lob pass out of double-drag.
3. Uses pop to counter deep drop.
4. Slips with big defender playing up; no tag leads to open dunk. pic.twitter.com/aIVqMrKQaH
— Grant Afseth (@GrantAfseth) January 8, 2023
The Pelicans will be without Dyson Daniels (ankle), Zion Williamson (hamstring), and E.J. Liddell (knee).
Why The Pelicans Can Win
The Pelicans look to turn the page from a January record of 3-13 and a current nine game losing skid. Without their star, Williamson, the Pelicans will count on CJ McCollum and Herbert Jones to perform above their 21.3 points per game and 10.0 points per game averages. The Mavericks will be without Christian Wood (thumb), and Maxi Kleber (hamstring).
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