Dallas Mavericks (11-25) at New Orleans Pelicans (18-16)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -6.5 -- Over/Under: 212.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Dallas Mavericks could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 99.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 13.6 points and 4.1 assists. J.J. Barea is the third double-digit scorer and Dirk Nowitzki is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost five of their last six road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111.1 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 110.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.9 points and 12.1 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 25.1 points and 10.4 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won six of their last nine home games.
The Mavericks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference, 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Pelicans are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Mavericks are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New Orleans, the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The New Orleans Pelicans are playing some of their best basketball of the season right now and are outscoring teams by six points in their last five games while shooting 49.3 percent from the field. The Pelicans are also 11-4 ATS this season when favored by less than seven points. The Dallas Mavericks are in one of those slumps again and are just awful on the defensive end. Give me the Pelicans at home and the reasonable number.