Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 3/8/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports New Orleans
Smoothie King Center is the location where the New Orleans Pelicans will take on the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
The Mavericks faced the Suns and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 130-126 in their last game. Dallas walked away from the contest with a 49.4% FG percentage (38 of 77) and knocked down 15 of 38 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Mavericks buried 35 of 38 attempts for a percentage of 92.1%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they earned a total of 31 with 5 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 15 assists in this matchup while creating 9 turnovers and having 5 steals. Concerning defending, Dallas let their opponent shoot 55.1% from the floor on 49 of 89 shooting. Phoenix totaled 27 assists and had 5 steals for this game. Moreover, Phoenix grabbed 41 rebounds (9 offensive, 32 defensive), but finished the game with no blocks. Phoenix finished the game at 80.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 20 of their 25 tries. They converted 12 of their 34 attempts from beyond the arc. When discussing fouls, the Mavericks finished with 22 while the Suns finished the game with 28 fouls.
Luka Doncic is one player who was a contributor in this contest. He ended up scoring 34 points on 8 of 23 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins and also collected 9 rebounds. Doncic ended up going 34.8% from the field and also recorded 4 dimes.
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Dallas will play this contest with a record of 33-32 so far this year. They have an average of 114.0 points per outing (17th in the NBA) while going 47.5% from the floor. The Mavericks are hitting 37.0% on shots from 3-point land (980 of 2,647) and 75.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Dallas is collecting 38.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,458 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 29th in the NBA in terms of passing. They are turning it over 12.3 times per game and as a group they commit 20.9 personal fouls every game.
Defensively, the Mavericks have forced 13.4 turnovers every game while drawing 22.6 fouls. They rank 9th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,592 surrendered on the season. The Mavericks are giving up a FG percentage of 48.7% (2,683 of 5,509) and they surrender 43.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They surrender 35.1% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 14th in the NBA in PPG allowed (113.2).
The last time they took the court, the Pelicans took a loss by a score of 123-108 when they faced the Kings. When talking about how they rebounded, New Orleans allowed Sacramento to grab 33 in all (6 offensive). They finished shooting 42.1% from 3-point land by shooting 16 out of 38 and finished the game at 13 of 20 from the free throw line (65.0%). The Pelicans allowed the Kings to bury 47 of their 83 tries from the floor which left them shooting 56.6% in this contest. Overall, the Pelicans shot 43 out of 80 from the field which had them at 53.8%. When it comes to shooting from distance, New Orleans knocked down 11 of 29 tries (37.9%). They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 78.6%. The Kings earned 12 fouls for the contest which got the Pelicans to the free throw line for a total of 14 tries. They turned it over 16 times, while getting 6 steals for this game. The Pelicans collected 33 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 40 in this contest.
Brandon Ingram ended up being a factor for the Pelicans in the matchup. Ingram earned 24 points in his 38 mins on the hardwood and totaled 7 assists in the game. He converted 9 of 16 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 56.3%, and added 3 rebounds.
New Orleans has a win-loss record of 31-34 for the campaign. The Pelicans are committing 20.7 fouls every game and they shoot 78.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 25.6 times per game (9th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 14.7 times per game. New Orleans has tallied 7,416 pts on the campaign (114.1 per contest) and they grab 43.6 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Pelicans are shooting 47.8% from the floor, which is ranked 12th in the NBA.
The Pelicans are ranked 16th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 113.6. They are forcing 15.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.6% from the field (17th in the NBA). The New Orleans defense allows 34.0% from downtown (796 of 2,344) and opponents are connecting on 78.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 25.2 assists and 42.2 total boards per game, which is ranked 13th and 9th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Dallas
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