According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager, the Pelicans are 8.5-point home favorites to upend the Mavericks while the over/under sits at 219.5 points for tonight's game. Anthony Davis led the team with 34 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, Cheick Diallo added a season-high 17 points off the bench while Nikola Mirotic chipped in with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
IN ranks third in fast break points per game (14.8) while New Orleans ranks 28th in fast break points allowed per game (14.4).
Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes each scored 19 for the Mavericks, who've lost three straight. The combo guard is averaging 19.1 points and 5.9 assists per game. It's unclear if Jrue will or will not play this evening against the Pacers. New Orleans' 22.5 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over Dallas, who had a rate of 19.6. Dallas even led late in the third quarter when Ferrell's 18-footer made it 80-77, but Davis tied it with a 3 at the horn.
Dallas was still as close 106-103 after J.J. Barea's floater with 2:52 to go, but the Pelicans scored the next six points, highlighted Rondo's lob to Davis for an alley-oop dunk.
The Mavericks led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter after a 14-2 run.
Anthony Davis (23) of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball against the Dallas Mavericks at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The next three teams are all within 1 1/2 games of New Orleans.
Looking at the betting trends, the Mavericks are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 19-7-2 ATS in their last 28 road games against a team with a winning home record.
You could make the argument that the enigmatic Bulls, last season, would have beaten the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs had the pass-first point guard not have gotten injured.
"He's got a bad case of the flu", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. Considering it's just an illness, it likely won't cost him extended time, though the Pelicans do play three games in a row on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so he could be in danger of missing multiple contests.
"Really confident. These guys in this locker room, they give me the most confidence".