Thursday’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans features two struggling Western Conference clubs. While the Pelicans are 26-26, the Mavericks are 27-25. This season, these two teams went 2-2 in this matchup, each winning at home.
The New Orleans Pelicans were the top seed in the Western Conference not too long ago, but Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram’s injuries caused them to lose momentum and fall in the standings. They have now dropped nine straight games and are 26-26, good for tenth place in the conference.
The good news is that they are only 2 games behind the fourth-place LA Clippers since the conference is so tight. The return of Ingram is the other good news. Ingram took part in the Nuggets’ 122-113 Denver loss on Tuesday. In 32 minutes, he finished with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists. The Pelicans were led by Herb Jones and CJ McCollum, who added a combined 21 points.
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Meanwhile, Dallas Mavericks’ finest player, Luka Doncic, missed a few games due to an injury, and Christian Wood will be out for a few more weeks. However, Doncic returned on Monday to help the Mavericks defeat the Pistons 111-105. Doncic scored an absurd 53 points while adding 8 rebounds and 5 assists, eliminating any doubt about his physical condition.
With a 33.4 point per game average, Doncic is second in the NBA. With 13 points, Spencer Dinwiddie was the only other Maverick in double figures. The Mavericks’ record now stands at 27-25, moving them into a virtual tie for fifth place in the league. They are 8.5 games back of the Nuggets in first place. The Mavericks are eighth in points allowed and 24th in points scored in the NBA.
Finally, not only are the Mavericks back home, but they are also healthy. Let’s face it; now that Luka is back, he very much holds Dallas together. While Ingram has returned, the Pelicans have struggled without Williamson and they are not the same without him.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks Game Information
- Date: 02/02/2023
- Time: 08:40 PM ET
- Location: American Airlines Center.
- How to Watch Pelicans vs Mavericks: NBC Sports Boston
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Pelicans vs Mavericks Betting Lines
Mavericks are –195 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $51.28. On the other side, Pelicans are +165 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $165.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Mavericks at a 66.10% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Pelicans have 37.74% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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