Pelicans vs Mavericks Prediction - NBA Picks 1/15/24

Dallas Mavericks (23-16) vs New Orleans Pelicans (23-16)

Game Info: Monday, January 15, 2024 at 2:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

Betting Odds: Dallas Mavericks +3.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Dallas Mavericks duke it out at the American Airlines Center on Monday night. Here’s a Pelicans vs Mavericks Prediction.

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have been in decent shape as they've won seven of their last nine games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after taking down the Mavericks in a 118-108 road win on Saturday. Jordan Hawkins led the team with 34 points, Herbert Jones added 15 points while Jonas Valanciunas and Jose Alverado scored 14 points each. As a team, the Pelicans shot 49 percent from the field and 12 of 30 from the 3-point line as they struggled to contain the Mavericks early on and leaked 34 points in the second quarter to trail at halftime, but the tide turned in the 39-27 third quarter where the Pelicans rallied behind the 3-point shooting from Hawkins. The Pels will meet the Hornets, Suns, and Jazz after this one.

New Orleans Pelicans Player Facts

  • Herb Jones is one of only five qualified players in the league averaging at least 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks this season.
  • Jonas Valanciunas ranks 6th in the Western Conference amongst qualified players for FG% (57.3%) this season.

Dallas Mavericks

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have been in decent shape as they've won four of their last six games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back here after getting beaten by the Pelicans on Saturday. Kyrie Irving led the team with 33 points and six assists on 12 of 27 shooting, Derrick Jones Jr and Tim Hardaway Jr scored 24 points each but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Mavericks shot 45 percent from the field and 15 of 41 from the 3-point line, but they got next to no support from their bench players which hurt them in the third quarter where they allowed 39 points to change the momentum of the game. The Mavs will take on the Lakers after this game.

Dallas Mavericks Player Facts

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. is one of only nine players to have scored 30+ points off the bench in a game this season.
  • Kyrie Irving ranks 12th amongst qualified players for FT% (89.4%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Mavericks rank 1st in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (4.0).
  • The Mavericks rank 1st in the league for turnovers per game this season (12.1).
  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for opponent steals per game this season (6.4).
  • The Pelicans rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals attempts per game this season (39.0).

Pelicans vs Mavericks Prediction

The Pelicans should be back to full strength for this one with Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum and Zion Williamson all listed as probable, while the Mavericks have ruled Luka Doncic and Derrick Jones Jr both as doubtful. The Pelicans were good enough to take down the Mavericks despite resting their key players on Saturday and unless Doncic makes a return, I can only imagine we're going to see a similar result here. The Pelicans have quietly been one of the form teams in the league and they represent decent value at this short line.

Peter’s Pick New Orleans -3.5

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