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Dallas MavericksNew Orleans Pelicans
11-8December 04, 2013, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena9-8

The Pelicans hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Wednesday as the Mavericks pay a visit to New Orleans Arena in NBA betting action.

This season the Pelicans are 9-8 overall and 7-9-1 ATS against the number, while the Mavericks are 11-8 and 8-10-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, New Orleans is 12-5 on the OU, and Dallas is 9-10.

View Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Pelicans in this one found them as 0-point earlier at Bovada, while the total had been sitting in the area of 205 at Bovada.

The Pelicans sit at No. 14 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Mavericks are at No. 13 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Pelicans will win this game 99-97.

In their last action, Dallas was an 89-82 winner at home against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (171) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Dirk Nowitzki went off for 25 points and added 3 rebounds leading Dallas over Charlotte, 89-82, on Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

New Orleans won its last outing, a 131-128 result against the Bulls on December 2. The Pelicans covered in that game as a 7-point underdog, while the 259 combined points took the game OVER the total. Ryan Anderson poured in 36 points for New Orleans on Monday, as they defeated Chicago 131-128 at United Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Orleans's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 103.82 PPG, against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 25 at 101.89 PPG. The Pelicans field goal percentage has averaged 45.71% so far, less than the Mavericks shooters have achieved on the year, 46.23% per game.

Next up:
Dallas at Portland, Saturday, December 7th
New Orleans home to Seattle, Friday, December 6th