Date/Time: 12-26-2018, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Dallas Mavericks -2.5
In this all-Western showdown, two teams that have started the season strong but have fallen to the lower places of the conferences due to the recent struggles, the New Orleans Pelicans, are visiting the Dallas Mavericks, with both teams having lost their last four and six games respectively and are looking to bounce back.
Pelicans are 15-19 so far in the league and are sitting in 14th place of the Western conference. They are 1-5 in their last 6 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Sacramento on the road, 117-122. Mavericks are 15-17 so far in the league and are tied with Utah in the eleventh place of the Western conference. They have lost their last six games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Portland on the road, 118-121.
Top Basketball BookmakersNew Orleans are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 28 ppg. He also adds 4.7 assists and leads the team in rebounding with 12.7 per game, while Jrue Holiday follows with 20.8 ppg, adding 4.4 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 8.8 per game. Julius Randle adds 19.3 ppg and 9.4 rebounds per game. Dallas are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 19 ppg. The rookie also adds 6.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game, while Harrison Barnes follows with 18.4 ppg, adding 4.1 rebounds per game. Wesley Matthews adds 14.5 ppg.
In their latest matchup previously this year New Orleans were victorious at home by 26 points. Dallas are 13-3 at home so far, while New Orleans are 4-14 on the road. New Orleans have a better offense with 116.3 ppg to Dallas’ 110.7, while Dallas have a better defense, allowing 109.9 ppg to New Orleans’ 115.4. New Orleans have a better accuracy from the field, shooting with 47.6% to Dallas’ 45.5%, while both squads have almost the same accuracy from behind the arc (34.9% and 34.7%). New Orleans are better all across the board, including assists (27.2 to 22.9), rebounds (47.7 to 45.5) and also commit fewer turnovers per game (14.7 to 15.2). Dallas have achieved 13 of their 15 wins this season at home and they are looking for another one tonight.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction: Dallas Mavericks -2.5 (-107)