A rare scheduling quirk has the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks meeting for a second consecutive night and in different cities no less. This evening's clash between the Pelicans and Mavs is scheduled to tip off at 8:30pm ET at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Opening NBA Odds from offshore bookmaker Sportsbook.ag are favoring the Mavericks at -8 against the spread; the Over/Under in tonight's game is set at 198 points.
The Mavericks and Pelicans hooked up for the second time this season last night and the result, much to the chagrin of New Orleans, was the same as the first meeting. Dallas, which downed the Pelicans 100-97 at the New Orleans Arena on December 4th, was even less forgiving the second time around, thumping its Southwest rival 107-90.
The Mavericks were red hot from every but the free throw line as they drained 41-of-78 from the field and 14-of-28 from beyond the arc in improving to 20-16 overall and 8-10 away from home. Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis led the charge for Dallas, scoring 24 and 23 points, respectively.
The Pelicans Anthony Davis had a huge night in defeat as he tallied 21 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks. Eric Gordon led all scorers with 27 points.
Those two will need spectacular efforts again this evening if New Orleans is to avoid a fifth consecutive loss. Prior to last night's game, the Pelicans had dropped three straight, losing to the Pacers, Heat, and Wizards by an average of 14 points per game.
Dallas, which has won five straight in this rivalry series, brings a 12-6 home record into tonight's game. However, the Mavericks are 1-4 in their last five games as the American Airlines Center, suffering losses to the Raptors, Spurs, Clippers, and Knicks.
Notable Trends: Dallas is 10-0 straight up and 7-3 against the spread in its last 10 games as a home favorite with a spread between 8 and 10.5 points. New Orleans is 1-5-1 against the spread (0-7 straight up) in its last seven games as a road dog with a spread between 8 and 10.5 points.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks NBA Odds:
New Orleans Pelicans +8 (-110), Over 198 (-110), +280 (Moneyline)
Dallas Mavericks -8 (-110), Under 198 (-110), -360 (Moneyline)
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