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2021 NBA Handicapping
(43-23) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks (37-28)
Date: Wednesday, May 12th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pelicans +380 | Mavericks -521
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks 10.5
NBA Betting Total: 223.5
On Wednesday, May 12th, the New Orleans Pelicans meet the Dallas Mavericks for the third and final time this season. In the initial meeting on February 12th, the Mavericks won 143-130 and in the second meeting on March 27th, Pelicans won 112-103.
Last season, the squads played four times with Dallas winning all four contests. The Mavericks hold the all-time record having won 46 matches of the 69 played.
New Orleans Pelicans
Without Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram or Steven Adams available the Pelicans haven’t stopped battling alternating wins and losses. The last four matches have been won or lost by two to five points.
New Orleans is still statistically in the hunt for the play-in tournament 2.5 games back of the Spurs but will need to beat the Mavericks, Warrors and Lakers and will also need some help (and luck).
In the match versus the Grizzlies, despite playing the second night of a back-to-back, New Orleans came from behind to take an eight-point lead but ran out of gas in the final frame.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker was the top scorer with 18 points. Seven Pelicans scored in double figures including Willy Hernangomez (15), James Johnson (13), Jaxson Hayes (13), Lonzo Ball (12), Naji Marshall (12), and Eric Bledsoe (11).
As for the walking wounded, Steven Adams (right first MTP sprain) is questionable, Brandon Ingram (left ankle sprain) is doubtful, while Zion Williamson (fractured finger) Josh Hart (right thumb surgery) are out.
With the Mavericks’ loss to the Grizzlies, Dallas’ brief respite on the fifth ladder rung in the West was short-lived as they’ve dropped to sixth again but retain a one-game edge over the Lakers.
In spite of the loss, the Mavericks have been building momentum during the stretch winning 10 of their last 13 games.
With the Lakers hot on their heels and the Blazers possessing the same record (40-29) but owning the tie break the team’s final matches all are important for seeding.
Dallas has the easiest path playing the Pelicans, Raptors, and Wolves. The latter two are actively tanking so the Pels are the only club motivated to capture the victory.
Portland has the toughest schedule on the road to the Jazz and Suns and finishes versus the Nuggets.
While the Lakers’ opponents fall in the middle with the Rockets Wednesday (second game of back-to-back) and finish with another back-to-back versus a motivated Pacers and Pelicans squad.
Luka Doncic called his effort versus the Grizzlies “one of the worst games he’s ever played” as he shot 4 of 16 for 12 points. Four Mavericks scored in double-figures with Tim Hardaway Jr. the high point man (19).
Rick Carlisle said the plan is to bring Kristaps Porzingis (knee) back for Wednesday. J.J. Reddick (heel) is definitely out. Tyrell Terry (personal) is out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Mavericks are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Mavericks are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Pelicans are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games.
- The total has gone under in 5 of New Orleans’ last 5 games.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
It almost feels like a catch 22 because a win by the Mavericks could result in the Pels losing motivation which could help the Laker who’ll play them Sunday.
That said, Doncic isn’t a player who typically has two off nights and will be highly motivated to deliver a bounce-back effort.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans +10.5
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