Pelicans vs. Mavericks Prediction
The first game of ESPN’s NBA Friday double header takes place in Dallas, where the Mavericks will host the Pelicans at 7:30 p.m. ET. Laying only 2.5 points as a home favorite, are the Mavs a safe bet to cover tonight at home?
549 New Orleans Pelicans (+2.5) at 550 Dallas Mavericks (-2.5); o/u 233.5
7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, February 12, 2021
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
New Orleans Pelicans DFS Spin
Zion Williamson hit 12-of-18 shots and 5-of-6 free throws for 29 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss to the Bulls. How a guy as big as Zion can have just four boards in 37 minutes is beyond us, but then again, that's what he does. Zion hasn't had a double-digit rebounds game since Jan. 23 and has just six of them on the season despite starting the year off with three straight double-doubles. He's also failed to block a shot in his last two games and has a four-game streak going with zero 3-pointers. He's shown signs of becoming a more complete fantasy player lately, but he's clearly still got some issues for a big man. But he has been knocking down his free throws, hitting 35-of-44 over his last six games, good for nearly 80 percent.
Dallas Mavericks DFS Spin
Luka Doncic hit 9-of-18 shots, two 3-pointers and 8-of-10 free throws for 28 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's 118-117 win over the Hawks. The Mavs went on a 26-11 fourth-quarter run that included an 11-0 spurt to take the late lead but the Hawks fought back to tie the game. Atlanta had the ball down one with 4.7 seconds left but couldn't get a buzzer-beater to fall. Doncic had his seventh triple-double of the season and put on a show, as did Trae Young, who had 25 points and 15 dimes in the loss.
Pelicans vs. Mavericks Betting Prediction
The over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Dallas. The over is also 5-1 in the Pelicans’ last six road games, is 16-5 in their last 21 games overall and is 15-3 in their last 18 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous contest. The over is also 5-0 in the Mavericks’ last five games overall, is 5-0 in their last five games as a favorite and is 20-8 in their last 28 games following a win.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: PELICANS/MAVERICKS OVER 233.5