The New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks enter their Monday matchup in two totally different positions — though their records are fairly similar. The Pelicans have now lost three-straight and own a 4-5 record, while the Mavericks have won three-straight and own a 5-4 record.
The two teams are set to clash in what should be an exciting matchup, but the Dallas Mavericks will be without some key players. Maxi Kleber, Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, and Dorian Finney-Smith are all out right now. Meanwhile, the Pelicans only have Steven Adams on their injury report (day-to-day).
Tip-off is set for 8:30PM ET on Monday inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. It’s the second-straight home game for Dallas, where they’re now 2-1 on the year. The Pelicans have just played four-straight games at home and finally find themselves on the road — where they’re just 2-2.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Preview: Can the Pelicans snap their 3-game losing streak?
The New Orleans Pelicans started the season 4-2, but their recent three-game losing streak has brought them under .500 for the first time. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram are doing a great job of leading this team, but the Pelicans need more help beyond those two.
Ingram is currently averaging 24.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game. Williamson is averaging 21.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game. Behind them, the Pelicans have Lonzo Ball, Eric Bledsoe, and Steven Adams averaging double-digit points this year.
Dallas Mavericks Betting Preview: Will the Mavs extend their 3-game winning streak?
The Dallas Mavericks started their season on the wrong foot, winning just one of their first four games and just two of their first six games. Their recent three-game winning streak has put them over the .500 mark for the first time this season. Despite their recent positive tests for COVID-19, they’ll look to continue winning.
Luka Doncic is a large part of that success. He is averaging 26.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. Tim Hardaway Jr. is his biggest help offensively with 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.7 steals per game. Josh Richardson and Jalen Brunson are also averaging double-digits, but are currently out of commission.
Pelicans vs. Mavericks Betting Odds & Lines
Will the Pelicans snap their losing streak or will the Mavericks continue their winning streak? BetOnline has the Dallas Mavericks (-110) with the 3.5-point advantage over the New Orleans Pelicans (-110). They also have the over/under listed at 214.5 total points.
Free Betting Pick
Both of these teams need a victory in this matchup. They’ll each have a day of rest following this game, so you can expect both teams to play hard for four quarters. We’ll see if Luka and Hardaway Jr. are enough to move past Ingram and Williamson — it should be interesting.
As much as I’d like to see the Mavericks pull off another victory while shorthanded, I don’t think it’ll happen against the Pelicans. They’re extra hungry after losing three-straight close games and I don’t see them letting another one slip by. Look for a big game from Eric Bledsoe in this one.
Final Score Prediction 108-103, New Orleans Pelicans.
Spooky Express Free Pick: New Orleans Pelicans (+3.5)