New Orleans Pelicans (3-5) at Dallas Mavericks (1-8)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 213 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks play host to the New Orleans Pelicans at the American Airlines Center on Friday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have won just three of their first eight games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss following Wednesday’s 104-98 home loss to the Timberwolves. DeMarcus Cousins dominated with 35 points, nine rebounds, six assists, six steals and three blocks while Anthony Davis added 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 43 percent from the field and just eight of 31 from the 3-point line as they fought back from an 11-point halftime deficit to tie the game at 96-96 with just 2:22 left in the game, but it was the Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler who delivered down the stretch to steal the game from the Pelicans.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have just one win in the first nine games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game losing streak after getting blown out by the Clippers in a 119-98 road loss on Wednesday. Dennis Smith Jr. led the scoring with 18 points on six of 15 shooting, Harrison Barnes added 14 points while Dirk Nowitzki chipped in with 13 points but the Mavs were never really in the contest after the second quarter where they were outscored by 34-19. Dallas is averaging just 98.8 points per game and their 1-8 start is currently the worst in the NBA.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team with a losing home record. Meanwhile, the Mavs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games, 0-7 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings, the Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Dallas.
The Pelicans have had a bit of a bumpy start to the season but that’s nothing compared to the struggles the Mavs are going through. I don’t think this will be a blowout, but I’m having trouble defending the Mavs while they’re playing so poorly. The Pelicans aren’t much better, but at least they have a couple go-to weapons in Cousins and Davis which should be enough for the Pelicans to earn the win and cover.