Pelicans vs. Mavericks Prediction
Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Dallas where they’ll take on the Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday night. The Pelicans are catching four points as a road underdog in this matchup; will Zion and Co. cover or are the Mavs the better play as the home favorite?
527 New Orleans Pelicans (+4) at 528 Dallas Mavericks (-4); o/u N/A
8:30 p.m. ET, Monday, January 11, 2021
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
New Orleans Pelicans DFS Spin
Zion Williamson had a strong showing vs. the Hornets on Friday in a losing effort, scoring 26 points on 12-of-22 shooting with eight rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes. He's just incredible to watch. There was a sequence in the second quarter when Zion missed a layup, but outmuscled several Hornets for two offensive boards (link below). He may not live up to his ADP until the defensive stats show up consistently, but for fantasy managers punting FT% and turnovers he's flirting with top-50 9-cat numbers of 21.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals on 55.7% from the field.
Dallas Mavericks DFS Spin
Kristaps Porzingis is listed as a probable starter for the Mavericks on Monday for their game against the Pelicans. Porzingis appears to be ready to play his first game since August after tearing his meniscus in the NBA bubble playoffs. This is huge news for both the Mavs and fantasy managers. Porzingis's probable return comes as the status of Jalen Brunson, Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber are all in question due to COVID-19 protocol. It isn't clear yet if Porzingis will be on a minutes restriction, but it's excellent news that he may be back soon.
Pelicans vs. Mavericks Betting Prediction
The Pelicans are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games versus the Mavericks, are 3-9 against the number in their last 12 games overall and are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight road games. On the other side, the Mavericks are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games and have covered in four of their last five games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: DALLAS MAVERICKS -4