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Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 12/10/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (9-10) at Dallas Mavericks (16-6)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans travel to the American Airlines Center to battle the Dallas Mavericks tonight.

The New Orleans Pelicans have won three of their last five overall and are going for a third straight after taking down the slumping Knicks by 104-93 last night. Tyreke Evans led the way with a game-high 27 points on 11 of 15 shooting while Anthony Davis added 18 points as the Pelicans sent the Knicks to  improved to their ninth straight loss. With the win, New Orleans returns to .500 on the season with a 10-10 overall record and 6-2 record at home. 

Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 12/10/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have won six of their last eight overall but will still be licking their wounds after losing to the Grizzlies by 114-105 last night. Chandler Parsons made six threes en route to 30 points, while Jameer Nelson added 18 points, but it still wasn't enough to make up for Monta Ellis who has been the Mavs' best player so far this season, but made just one of his 11 shots to finish with a season-low two points. Dirk Nowitzki wasn't much better, scoring just 11 points on four of 17 shooting so it's actually a little surprising the Mavs didn't lose by a bigger margin. Despite the loss, Dallas are still a healthy 16-7 on the season and 8-4 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Pelicans are 6-0 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days rest but just 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, while the Mavs are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 against the Western Conference and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 against the NBA Southwest.

Head to head, the Pelicans are just 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings but the Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five overall.

It's always so hard to pick games involving the Pelicans because they have a roster talented enough to beat any team, but they are still only a mediocre 10-10 on the season. On the other hand, you generally know what you're getting from this Mavs outfit so I'm just taking them to win and cover at home, while hoping that Nowitzki and Ellis can bounce back from their worst shooting nights of the season so far.

 

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Dallas -6.5

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