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In Thursday night’s Western Conference rematch, the Dallas Mavericks (34-24, 31-26-1 ATS) are facing off versus the New Orleans Pelicans (23-35, 28-29-1 ATS); NBA picks are available here. Will Luka Doncic and the Mavs earn their third head-to-head win against the Pelicans this season? Along with the starting lineups, our top NBA picks and betting trends are posted below.

Mavericks vs Pelicans Game Information 

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Start time: 8 p.m. ET
Venue: Smoothie King Center; New Orleans, Louisiana

Mavericks vs Pelicans NBA Picks and Betting Odds

All Mavericks vs Pelicans betting odds can be found at BetOnline

Point spread: Mavericks -3 (-110) | Pelicans +3 (-110)
Best moneyline: Mavericks -150 | Pelicans +130
Over/Under: 214.5 (-110)

Dallas Mavericks Injury Report

SF Reggie Bullock (questionable) | SG Tim Hardaway Jr. (out indefinitely) | PG Trey Burke (questionable) | PF Marquese Chriss (out) | PG Frank Ntilikina (questionable) | SF Theo Pinson (out indefinitely)

New Orleans Pelicans Injury Report

PF Larry Nance Jr. (out indefinitely) | PF Zion Williamson (out indefinitely) | PG Kira Lewis Jr. (out for the season)

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Additionally, on Tuesday, in the Mavericks’ 107-99 road win over the Heat, guard Luka Doncic finished his performance with another double-double. He amassed 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 38 minutes spent on the court. Not to mention, Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber each contributed 19 points. Dallas has won seven of its past 10 games. After this unexpected win, the team is 14-13 away, 20-11 at home and 15-12 ATS on the road.

Meanwhile, in the Pelicans’ 121-109 home loss versus the Grizzlies, guard CJ McCollum led his team in scoring. He accumulated 30 points in 38 minutes of action. Center Jonas Valanciunas closed out his outing with 19 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 38 minutes played. New Orleans has won five of its previous 10 contests. Including this defeat, the Pelicans are 13-16 at home, 10-19 away and 15-13-1 ATS at home this season.

Referring to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Mavericks have a 54.2% probability of winning. 

Furthermore, in the previous three head-to-head matchups, the Mavericks are 2-1 against the Pelicans. On Dec. 3, 2021, the third time these teams met during this regular season, New Orleans won 107-91 at American Airlines Center. On Dec. 1, 2021, the Mavs defeated them 139-107 at Smoothie King Center.

In other news, after the Pelicans lost to the Grizzlies on Tuesday, head coach Willie Green reassured reporters that he still has full confidence in Devonte’ Graham. “The last couple games haven’t been great for Devonte’, but we believe in him,” said Coach Green. So far this season, the fourth-year player is averaging 13 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

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  • Dallas is 5-1 ATS in the team’s past six games played.
  • The Mavericks are 5-1 SU in their previous six contests.
  • Also, the Mavericks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 matchups versus the Pelicans.
  • On the other side, New Orleans is 6-3 ATS in the team’s past nine games played.
  • The Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in their previous seven home contests.
  • And, the Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last five home matchups versus the Mavericks.

Projected Dallas Mavericks Starting Lineup

PG Luka Doncic | SG Jalen Brunson | SF Reggie Bullock | PF Dorian Finney-Smith| C Dwight Powell

Projected New Orleans Pelicans Starting Lineup

PG Devonte’ Graham | SG CJ McCollum | SF Brandon Ingram | PF Herb Jones | C Jonas Valanciunas

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Moreover, Dallas is 25-8 as a favorite, 9-15 as an underdog and 15-12 ATS away, while New Orleans is 11-4 as a favorite, 12-31 as an underdog and 15-13-1 ATS at home. The Mavs’ win over the Heat on Tuesday was significant. While the Mavs currently have the fifth spot in their conference, a large portion of bettors were expecting them to lose against the top-seeded Heat from the Eastern Conference. Since Dallas defeated Miami, the team has a great chance of defeating New Orleans, too.

Leading into tonight’s intraconference matchup, Dallas is a three-point favorite on the road. Luka Doncic has been carrying this team on his back for a long time; he needs extra support. Otherwise, the guard could sustain a major injury. In closing, pick the Mavs to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 214.5. If you have never placed a bet, check out our handicap betting guide. Other NBA Picks are on the main page.

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