New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game on ESPN. The Mavs hope to wrap up the regular season series against the Pelicans with a win tonight as the two teams clash for the 4th time this year. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
New Orleans Pelicans
After the latest Lakers win last night, the Pelicans have now dropped to 10th place in the West standings, hanging on to the final play-in tournament spot by a slim margin. The next 2 teams behind them are OKC and Portland, both with the same record as New Orleans. A win would be a huge moral boost for a team that hasn’t had much going for them lately.
They’re just 1-6 SU/ATS in their last 7 games, with no signs of the injury bug going away any time soon. Larry Nance Jr., Zion Williamson and Jose Alvarado all remain out, Josh Richardson could return to the line-up after getting upgraded to probable due to personal issues. The Pels spent their last 3 games on the road, they’ll be happy to go back to the Smoothie King Center where they are 20-11 SU this season. Their only win vs Dallas this year came in this building.
Mavs are playing on a 2nd night of a back-to-back here following a close 120-116 win over the Utah Jazz. Kyrie Irving led the scoring with 33 points, while Luka Doncic added 29 and 10 rebounds. The partnership between the two players is improving on a daily basis, but there’s still a lot of work left to be done as the Mavs are only 3-6 SU in their last 9 games.
The good news is they’ve dominated the Pelicans lately winning 11 of the last 14 meetings, including the 2 most recent games played in Dallas. JaVale McGee could be the only injury absentee for Dallas, he is questionable with an ankle injury. When it comes to playoff seeding, the Mavs are currently tied for 5th place with the Warriors at 34-32 SU for the season. Dropping to 6th might not be a bad idea, as they would face Memphis instead of Phoenix in the first round.
Both teams are under a lot of pressure, I feel like the Pelicans will play a lot better tonight compared to their previous 2 games. They’re a much better team at home, plus they have the rest advantage over the Mavs who just played last night. Take the home team as slight underdogs.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks Predictions & Odds
There seems to be no slowing down as far as offensive production goes for the Mavs. This team has now scored over 120 points in 4 straight games. The addition of Kyrie Irving has elevated them to new heights on that end of the floor and although the defense has suffered, it seems like that’s the risk they’re willing to take on looking at the big picture. That should benefit all of us who are backing the over in tonight’s game, over 240 points have been scored in the last 4 Mavs games.
The over has cashed in 7 of their last 10 overall and in 4 of 6 on the road. When it comes to match-up with the Pelicans, the last 12 of 16 games have all cashed on the over, when they’ve played at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans have struggled a bit with their scoring because of all the injuries, but against a not so talented defense in Dallas they should score at least 120 here. I’m backing the points.