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Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans 3/8/2023 Tips, Odds and Expert Picks

Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans 3/8/2023 Tips, Odds and Expert Picks

The Dallas Mavericks will start the NBA on ESPN doubleheader with a visit to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. It will be a challenging game for the Mavericks as it is the second night of a back-to-back, but they managed to pull off a 120-116 home victory over Utah last night. The Mavericks (34-32) knocked down an impressive 19-for-45 from beyond the arc and shot 47% overall.

Kyrie Irving, the All-Star guard, was on fire, matching the game-high with 33 points (10-10 FT) to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. Luka Doncic also had a great performance with 29 points (10-23 FG), ten rebounds, and six assists. Meanwhile, Tim Hardaway Jr. made a significant contribution with 24 points in 33 minutes off the bench. Currently, the Mavericks rank 17th in the league in scoring, averaging 114 points per game, and have shot 47.5% from the field and 37.4% from three-point range for the season.

The Mavericks’ offense has been heating up lately, averaging 126.2 points per game over their last five games and shooting an impressive 50.4% overall in that span. The Mavericks will look to continue their scoring run against the Pelicans and improve their playoff chances.

  • Dallas is 11-3 SU in their last 14 outings with the Pelicans.
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Dallas’ last 6 games on the road.
  • The total hung OVER in 12 of Dallas’ last 16 games on the road against New Orleans.

Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans 3/8/2023 Tips, Odds and Expert Picks

In their quest for a playoff berth, the New Orleans Pelicans have hit a rough patch, dropping seven out of their last ten games and finding themselves in a three-way tie for the ninth position in the Western Conference standings. Their latest outing, a 123-108 road defeat to the Sacramento Kings, was particularly demoralizing, as the Pelicans allowed the Kings to run away with the game in the third quarter, outscoring them by a whopping 18 points. The Kings shot a remarkable 57 percent from the field and led by as many as 24 points in the contest. 

Despite the lopsided loss, all five of the Pelicans’ starters managed to score in double digits, led by Brandon Ingram’s 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Jonas Valanciunas also had a strong performance, tallying 19 points on an impressive 9-of-11 shooting along with 12 rebounds, as the Pelicans outrebounded the Kings 40-33. With their postseason hopes in jeopardy, the Pelicans will need to quickly regroup and bounce back in their upcoming matches.

  • New Orleans is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games with a rival in the Southwest Division. 
  • The New Orleans Pelicans are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games played in March.
  • The Pelicans are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games played on a Wednesday. 

Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans. The NBA pick for this match is the Dallas Mavericks. New Orleans Pelicans power forward, Zion Williamson, will undergo an MRI for his hamstring injury and will sit out of the upcoming game against Dallas. Meanwhile, the Mavericks have been dominating on the offensive end ever since the arrival of Kyrie, scoring 122 points or more in each of their last three games, and going over 130 points twice in their last five outings. Additionally, they have been shooting over 50% in that span, with Luka Doncic putting on a stellar performance since the All-Star break. Given the circumstances, the prediction is that Dallas will come out victorious with a score of 117-114.

Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks

Date & Time: March 08, 2023, 7:30 PM EST

Location: Smoothie King Center

Latest Odds: DAL -2; Total of 230

TV Channel: ESPN

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