New Orleans Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks 10/23/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction
Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans
Thursday October 23
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The New Orleans Pelicans play their final preseason game Thursday night when they host the Dallas Mavericks at the CenturyLink Center.
The Dallas Mavericks are 3-3 in the preseason and are using these last couple of games in hopes of finding some depth to go along with a veteran starting lineup. One guy who continues to impress has been Richard Jefferson, who has produced a combined 32 points and five assists in his last two games. While Jefferson is one of the older guys on the team, he could be a big spark off the Mavs bench if he can keep this level of play up. Jameer Nelson has 30 points and nine assists in his last two games, as it looks like he’s going to be the Mavericks starting point guard. Raymond Felton continues to miss time with an ankle sprain and remains questionable for this matchup. Chandler Parsons is 4-10 from downtown in his last two contests.
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The New Orleans Pelicans have won their last three preseason games and are 4-2 overall. Anthony Davis is clearly ready for the preseason to end, as he’s gone 26-34 from the field in his last three games and has grabbed 24 rebounds in his last three games. Ryan Anderson has also been on fire recently, shooting 12-24 from the field in his last two games and giving the Pelicans some floor spacing. Austin Rivers may be experiencing a minor turnaround considering he’s scored in the double digits in two straight games and has eight assists. While the New Orleans Pelicans are often forgotten about in a tough Western Conference, this is a team that has some solid talent and is clearly on the upswing starting with this season.
With a team that can put the ball in the hoop the way the Mavericks can, I'm taking the points here.