Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 3/27/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-3.5)
Smoothie King Center is the venue where and the New Orleans Pelicans (19-24) will play the Dallas Mavericks (23-19) on Saturday. Dallas opens this game as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 229.
The Dallas Mavericks stepped onto the hardwood against the Minnesota Timberwolves and notched a win by a score of 128-108 in their last game. Dallas wrapped up the contest having earned a 48.5% field goal percentage (48 of 99) and knocked down 16 out of their 44 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Mavericks converted 16 of their 22 attempts for a percentage of 72.7%. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 53 with 14 of them being offensive. They also dished out 27 assists for this contest as well as forcing 12 turnovers and having 5 steals. In terms of defense, Dallas let their opponent shoot 44.2% from the floor on 38 out of 86 shooting. Minnesota distributed 24 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. Moreover, Minnesota totaled 37 rebounds (6 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. Minnesota ended up shooting 76.9% from the free throw line by making 20 of 26 shots. They also knocked down 12 of 38 shots from beyond the arc.
Kristaps Porzingis is a player who was a major contributor for the game. He had 29 points on 11 of 23 shooting. He saw the court for 28:40 minutes and also collected 9 boards. Porziņģis went 47.8% from the field and also distributed 4 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Mavericks was Luka Doncic. He collected 4 rebounds in 27:03 minutes played. He finished the game shooting 37.5% from the floor for the matchup by going 6-of-16 (15 points). When this game wrapped up, Doncic had accumulated 4 assists.
Dallas will enter this game with a win-loss record of 23-19 on the campaign. They turn the ball over 12.3 times per game and as a squad are committing 19.8 fouls per contest. As a team, Dallas is collecting 43.2 boards per contest and has racked up 957 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 27th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Mavericks are connecting on 36.3% on three-point attempts (577 of 1,591) and 78.6% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 112.5 points per contest (17th in the league) while shooting 47.2% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Mavericks are forcing their opponents into 12.7 turnovers every game and they draw 20.7 personal fouls. They relinquish 37.0% on shots from distance and they rank 13th in the league in PPG from their opponents (111.1). The Mavericks are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.9% (534 of 869) and they relinquish 44.4 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 2nd in the league in giving up assists with 961 conceded this season.
In their last game, the New Orleans Pelicans took home the win by a final score of 128-111 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Pelicans were able to corral 42 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 53 for the matchup. They turned the ball over 13 times, while getting 9 steals in this contest. The Lakers committed 17 personal fouls in this game which took the Pelicans to the free throw line for 26 tries. They were able to bury 24 of the free throws for a clip of 92.3%. In relation to 3-point attempts, New Orleans converted 10 of their 29 attempts (34.5%). When this game wrapped up, the Pelicans ended up going 47 out of 90 from the field which gave them a rate of 52.2%. The Pelicans permitted the Lakers to make 36 of their 85 tries from the floor which had them shooting 42.4% in the game. They shot 48.6% from beyond the perimeter by going 18 out of 37 and finished the contest at 21 of 30 at the charity stripe (70.0%). Concerning rebounding, New Orleans allowed Los Angeles to get 34 in total (6 offensive).
Brandon Ingram was important for the Pelicans in this game. He converted 14 out of 21 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 66.7%, and had 3 rebounds. Ingram tallied 36 points in his 34:09 mins on the court and tallied 4 dimes for the contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for New Orleans was Zion Williamson. He ended up finishing with 5 assists in 28:58 minutes on the court, and he put in 9 out of 13 from the floor. Williamson walked away from this one going 69.2% from the field while notching 27 points and 9 rebounds.
New Orleans has a record of 19-24 so far this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Pelicans are connecting on 48.6% from the field, which has them ranked 5th in the NBA. New Orleans has scored 4,971 points this year (115.6 per game) and they pull in 46.6 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 26.2 times per contest (8th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 14.2 times per contest. The Pelicans are committing 17.7 personal fouls every game and they shoot 73.7% from the charity stripe. The Pelicans on defense are ranked 25th in the league in PPG given up with 115.1. They have forced 13.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 47.2% from the field (23rd in basketball). The New Orleans defense concedes 39.1% on 3-pointers (663 of 1,696) and opponents are making 80.6% of their free throw attempts. They allow 26.7 assists and 40.0 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 28th and 1st in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Dallas (-3.5)
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