The Dallas Mavericks (34-32) open a 2-game road trip against the New Orleans Pelicans (31-34) Wednesday. Tip-off from Smoothie King Center is at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Mavericks vs. Pelicans odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Mavericks are coming off a 120-116 victory over the Utah Jazz Tuesday, although they failed to cover as 11-point home favorites. Dallas wrapped up a 6-game homestand with a 3-3 record but is just 3-6 in its last 9 games.
The Pelicans have lost 2 in a row, 6 of their last 7, and 17 of their last 22 games. New Orleans was toppled 123-108 at the Sacramento Kings Monday as a 4.5-point underdog.
The Mavericks are 2-1 against the Pelicans this season with the home team winning all 3 matchups.
Mavericks at Pelicans odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:30 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Mavericks -120 (bet $120 to win $100) | Pelicans +100 (bet $100 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Mavericks -1.5 (-108) | Pelicans +1.5 (-112)
- Over/Under (O/U): 234.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
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Mavericks at Pelicans key injuries
- G Jose Alvarado (shin) out
- F Larry Nance Jr. (ankle) out
- F Zion Williamson (hamstring) out
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Mavericks at Pelicans picks and predictions
Pelicans 118, Mavericks 114
The Mavericks are 12-19 on the road and have lost 4 of their last 6 games away from home, and as mentioned, the home team has won all 3 meetings in this series this season.
While the Pelicans are just 3-5 in their last 8 at Smoothie King Center they are 20-11 on their home court this season.
Dallas is just 2-8 playing on 0 days of rest this season, so this is a perfect opportunity to go with the underdog.
BET PELICANS (+100).
The Mavericks are 24-40-2 ATS this season, one of the worst marks in the NBA. They are 12-19 ATS on the road.
The Pelicans are 29-36 ATS on the year but are 17-14 ATS at home.
If you like the underdog Pelicans you might as well bet the moneyline and avoid the 1-point spread with less value.
The Over is 3-0-1 in the Mavericks’ last 4 games and they are allowing 121.2 points per game over their last 10 outings.
However, the Under is 4-0 in the Pelicans’ last 4 games and 4-0 in their last 4 home games against teams who win less than 40% of their road games.
LEAN UNDER 234.5 (-115).
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