It’s a battle of Southwest Division teams on the floor down in the Lone Star State. The New Orleans Pelicans are on the road as they travel to face the Dallas Mavericks Saturday afternoon. New Orleans was upended 139-132 in overtime at home by the Suns Thursday night in their previous contest. Dallas knocked off Minnesota 121-114 at home in their last game on Wednesday night. The Mavericks own a 43-22 advantage in the all-time regular season series and have won both matchups this season. That includes a 118-97 road win in the most recent matchup Tuesday night.
New Orleans Pelicans Look to Snap SlideNew Orleans battled tooth and nail to the wire but ended up with the overtime loss to the Suns at home for a seventh straight defeat. The Pelicans enter this one in the basement of the Southwest Division, 9.5 games behind the Mavericks. New Orleans led by two after the opening quarter only to trail by four at the half and by 16 after three quarters. The Pelicans stormed back, outscoring the Suns 34-18 in the fourth quarter, in order to force overtime. In the extra session, New Orleans was tied with just over three minutes to play but was outscored 10-3 the rest of the way. The Pelicans shot 50.6 percent from the field, including 17 of 35 from three-point range, but turned the ball over 24 times while losing the rebounding battle 51-40. JJ Redick led New Orleans with 26 points in the defeat.
Jaxson gets his second block in a row and JJ hits the huge triple in transition! pic.twitter.com/T59IMC84MQ— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 6, 2019
The Pelicans are seventh in the league in scoring offense as they average 114.5 points per game on the season. New Orleans is 18th in rebounding by collecting 44.7 boards a night while the team ranks 11th in assists by dishing out 24.9 dimes a night. The Pelicans are 29th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 119.7 points per game so far this year. Brandon Ingram leads the team in scoring with 25.2 points per game along with 7.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season. Josh Hart contributes 11.7 points plus 6.4 boards a night while Lonzo Ball (11.6 points, six assists), Jrue Holiday (19.5 points, 6.9 assists), Jahlil Okafor (9.5 points), JJ Redick (15.6 points), E’Twaun Moore and Derrick Favors (8.3 points, 8.9 rebounds) are key rotation pieces. Favors missed three straight games with knee soreness before returning against Brooklyn November 4 but has missed the last 10 games with a personal issue: he is out here as well. Zion Williamson remains out as he recovers from knee surgery: he is doing some on-court work. New Orleans is 15th in field goal percentage by shooting 45.4 percent from the field as a team this season. The Pelicans are second in the league in threes per game as they knock down 14.9 triples per contest and stand 4th in three-point shooting by hitting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Dallas Mavericks Seek Fifth Straight WinDallas earned their fourth straight victory as they knocked off Minnesota at home in their last contest. The Mavericks entered Friday night with a one-game advantage on the Rockets in the Southwest Division race. Dallas led by five after the opening quarter, trailed by three at the half and was down four after three quarters. The Mavericks regrouped to outscore the Timberwolves 41-30 in the fourth quarter to get the win. Dallas took the lead for good with seven minutes to play and held Minnesota off the rest of the way. The Mavericks shot 50 percent from the field, including 11 of 37 from three-point range, and hit 18 of 23 at the free throw line. Dwight Powell led Dallas with 24 points in the win.
The Mavericks enter this contest fourth in the league in scoring offense with 118 points per game on the season. Dallas stands fifth in rebounding with 47.8 boards per game while they rank 14th in assists by dishing out 24.3 dimes per contest. The Mavericks are 15th in scoring defense as they allow an average of 109.4 points per game on the year. Luka Doncic leads the team with 30.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.2 assists per contest this season. Kristaps Porzingis contributes 16.8 points plus 8.9 rebounds per game while Tim Hardaway Jr. (12.4 points) is also a solid contributor on the offensive end. Maxi Kleber (8.4 points), Seth Curry and Dwight Powell are key pieces in the Mavericks’ rotation. Dallas is tied for 10th in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.2 percent as a team from beyond the arc. The Mavericks are third by knocking down 14.6 three-pointers per contest on the year. Dallas stands tied for 12th in three-point shooting as they hit 36.1 percent from beyond the arc this season.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss
- Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game