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Mavericks vs. Pelicans - 1/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (10-22) at Dallas Mavericks (19-13)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks -3 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, FSSW

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

The New Orleans Pelicans look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 101.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 23.1 points and 11 rebounds while Ryan Anderson is averaging 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. Tyreke Evans is dishing 7.3 assists and Eric Gordon is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 38.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost eight of their last 10 road games.

Mavericks vs. Pelicans - 1/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks hope to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 102.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 100.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.1 points and 6.9 rebounds while Wesley Matthews is averaging 12.9 points and 1.7 assists. Zaza Pachulia is grabbing 10.5 rebounds and J.J. Barea is dishing 4.3 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Mavs are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.9 turnovers per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won five straight home games. Devin Harris is questionable with a back injury.

The Pelicans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Pelicans are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

I can't back the Pelicans in almost any spot, as they continue to crap the bed and have covered just three of their last 10 road games. The Mavs are the better team here and will be eager to bounce back from a brutal loss Friday to the Heat.

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Dallas Mavericks -3

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