When: 8:30 PM EST, January 10, 2021
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Point Spread: Mavericks -3.5
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 220.5
Road Record: 2-2
Home Record: 2-1
New Orleans Pelicans Vs Dallas Mavericks Game Day Preview
The Dallas Mavericks host the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, seeking their fourth win in a row. On the other side, the New Orleans Pelicans are trying to avoid the fourth consecutive loss, as their form dropped severely in the last three home matches.
Both teams have similar records and we expect both organizations to be jockeying one another for playoff position.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans are beginning a seven-game road trip tonight and are struggling!
First-year coach Stan Van Gundy began training camp with an emphasis on improving the team’s defense.
New Orleans won three of its first five games, allowing fewer than 100 points in each of the victories, but it allowed more than 110 points in each of the last four games. As a result, the Pelicans are on a three game loosing streak.
“Over the last four games, we’ve had very little defensive mentality and defensive disposition,” Coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We can’t get stops. We’ve got to get a lot better at the defensive end of the floor. I think we should be a good defensive team.
“I think we should be a top ten defensive team. Over the last four games, we’re a bottom ten defensive team. That can’t be us.”
The Dallas Mavericks were short-handed Saturday night, but that didn’t slow them down.
They followed two consecutive road victories with a 112-98 home victory against Orlando even though starters Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith as well as backup point guard Jalen Brunson were sidelined by COVID protocols.
“I was really impressed with our level of focus and concentration,” coach Rick Carlisle said of the victory against the Magic.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke each had a season-high in points as Hardaway scored 36 and Burke had 29. Luka Doncic added a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
“We’re trying to win every game whether we have six players or 15,” Doncic said. “But I think we did a great job.”
Pelicans Vs Mavericks Facts
- Mavericks swept last years season series 4-0.
- Only 3 of 9 Dallas games this season (33.3%) resulted in a total greater than the contest’s over/under.
- The Pelicans only hold a 1-3 record against the spread this season when they enter a game as at least a 4.5-point underdog.
New Orleans Pelicans Vs Dallas Mavericks Alternative Fantasy Basketball-Statement Games Picks
Pelicans 108 Mavericks 115
- 10 PT Pick: Lonzo Ball OVER 6.5 Assists
- 9 PT Pick: Tim Hardaway OVER 20.5 PTS
- 8 PT Pick: Luka Doncic Will Have A Triple Double