New Orleans Pelicans @ Dallas Mavericks
Wednesday Mar 4, 2020 at 9:30 pm ET
Opening Line: Dallas -6 with a total of 238.5
- New Orleans (26-35 SU, 30-29-2 ATS) has lost all of the first three games this season against Dallas by an average of 25 points per game. Rookie Zion Williamson didn’t play in any of those games.
- Zion had 25 points and 8 rebounds in last night’s 139-134 loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jrue Holiday had 27points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, Lonzo Ball had 26 and Brandon Ingram had 24. It was Zion’s 12th straight game with 20-plus points. The Pels gave up 139 points to the T’wolves who had eight players who scored in double figures. New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said “We did not guard. They had 72 points in the paint. We just didn’t do a good job defensively.”
- New Orleans has struggled to score in the fourth quarter of recent games. Against Minnesota they shot just 9 of 25 and in their previous game against the Lakers they made just 5 of 18 shots in the fourth quarter in their 122-114 loss at home.
- Dallas (37-25 SU, 33-26-3 ATS) is coming off a 109-107 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the last game of a four-game road trip. They completed the road trip with a 2-2 record. Kristaps Porzingis, Jalen Brunson and Seth Curry did not play against Chicago. Jalen Brunson is out indefinitely; Porzingis and Curry are questionable tonight against New Orleans.
- The Mavericks have not fared well in close games. They are 5-15 in games that were decided by 5 points or less and 2-8 in games that were decided by 3 points or less. They have also had problems maintaining leads. The Bulls game was the tenth time this season that Dallas has lost a game in which they had a 10-point or greater lead.
- Porzingis is averaging 27.3 points in his last 11 games. Luka Doncic, who made the All-Star team this year, had 23 points and 9 assists against the Bulls but made only 1 of 8 three point shots.