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Mavericks vs Pelicans Betting Preview

New Orleans PelicansDallas Mavericks
23-33February 26, 2014, 08:00 | American Airlines Center35-23

American Airlines Center will feature Mavericks vs. Pelicans action on Wednesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

Dallas battles the Pelicans, currently with a 23-33 mark (24-28-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 32-26 for the Mavericks and 27-29 for the Pelicans. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Mavericks sat as -8-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 204.5.

This game matches up the No. 10 (Mavericks) and the No. 18 (Pelicans) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 96-92 result in favor of the Mavericks is predicted by handicapping models.

The Pelicans were a 123-110 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Clippers. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (233) made winners of OVER bettors. Anthony Davis scored 26 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 123-110 against Los Angeles in NBA action at New Orleans Arena.

Last time out for Dallas, they were a 110-108 winner as they battled the Knicks on the road. The Mavericks failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite, while 218 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Dallas got 23 points from Vince Carter en route to a 110-108 victory over New York on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 7-ranked offense (104.52 PPG) against a Pelicans defense that ranks No. 15 at 101.2 PPG. The Mavericks have averaged 47.32% from the field per game, more than the Pelicans have managed so far this season (45.47% on average).

Next up:
New Orleans at Phoenix, Friday, February 28th
Dallas home to Chicago, Friday, February 28th