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NBA Matchup - Pelicans Mavericks Odds Preview

Dallas MavericksNew Orleans Pelicans
20-16January 10, 2014, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena15-19

The Pelicans will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Mavericks tip off at New Orleans Arena on Friday in NBA play.

Supporters of the Mavericks have seen them go 20-16 and 18-17-1 ATS so far this season, while the Pelicans are at 15-19 and 13-19-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pelicans are 19-15, while the Mavericks are 18-18.

View Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

The Mavericks were listed as -1-point favorites at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 201 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

This game pits the Pelicans, currently No. 19 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Mavericks, who rate No. 17 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 96-94 victory for the Mavericks.

The Pelicans were a 102-96 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Wizards. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the total score (198) made winners of OVER bettors. Eric Gordon scored 23 points in a failed effort to lead the Pelicans to victory (they lost 102-96 to Washington at New Orleans Arena on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 14-ranked offense (101.74 PPG) against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 22 at 101.69 PPG. The Pelicans have averaged 45.59% from the field per game, less than the Mavericks have managed so far this season (46.62% on average).

A few Mavericks at Pelicans trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games
Dallas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games on the road
New Orleans is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
New Orleans is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Dallas home to Charlotte, Saturday, January 11th