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Pelicans at Mavericks - 3/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (31-27) at Dallas Mavericks (39-22)

NBA Basketball: Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

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

TV: FSN, FSSW

The New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks meet Monday at the American Airlines Center.

The New Orleans Pelicans have won five straight and are back in the playoff conversation. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 99.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 99.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.6 points and 6.4 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 12.9 points and four assists. Norris Cole is shooting 40.5 percent from the field and Omer Asik is grabbing 9.8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing just 42.9 percent shooting during this winning streak and have held five of their last six opponents under 100 points. The Pelicans are just a half a game out of a playoff spot and have won four of their last five road games SU.

Pelicans at Mavericks - 3/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks look for a win after splitting their last eight games. On the season, the Mavericks are averaging 105.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 100.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Monta Ellis is averaging 19.3 points and 4.4 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.7 points and 6.1 rebounds. Amar'e Stoudemire is grabbing four rebounds and Rajon Rondo is dishing 6.2 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 44 percent shooting in their last five games but have allowed 100-plus points in six of their last 10 games. The Mavs have won six of their last eight home games. Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler are questionable with injuries.

The Pelicans are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-18-2 ATS in their last 26 vs. Western Conference. The Pelicans are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. 

The Pelicans are playing too good to pass up the points here. Not to mention the Mavs have been up and down as of late and have been really unpredictable. 

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