Pelicans vs. Mavericks Prediction, NBA Picks & Betting Odds: Luka Doncic Hungry To Bounce Back

The latest betting odds, picks and predictions for today's Pelicans vs. Mavericks game
Samuel Farley
Wed, May 12, 5:53 AM EDT

Pelicans vs. Mavericks Prediction - Wednesday 12 May

This Wednesday we see the Pelicans travelling to Dallas to face the Mavericks.

Pelicans vs. Mavericks Odds

Team

Moneyline

ML Public Betting %

Spread

Spread Public Betting %

Total Points

Total Points Public Betting %

New Orleans Pelicans

+425

50%

+9.5

-110

39%

O 223.5

-110

58%

Dallas Mavericks

-420

50%

-9.5

-103

61%

U 223.5

-105

42%

Where to watch Pelicans vs. Mavericks

Time: 9:00pm ET

TV: Bally Sports SW-DAL, Bally Sports NO

Pelicans vs. Mavericks

Today sees the last time that the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks will play each other this season. They meet at American Airlines Center with the season series currently tied and with the Mavs on their home court they're the favorites.

It's been a sad end to the season for the Pelicans with Zion Williamson out for the rest of the season. Without him and Brandon Ingram in the past three games they've only lost two, and that was by a combined 7 points, so they could be better here than the bookmakers suggest. They're 2.5 games behind San Antonio for the final sport in the play-in tournament with only three games left.

Pels vs. Mavs Prediction

The Mavs come into this game after a loss on Tuesday against the Grizzlies, who beat them by 29 points, which has meant that Dallas has slumped to sixth in the conference. 

With their big names missing over the past three games it's meant that Lonzo Ball and Eric Bledsoe have taken the team on their shoulders. One thing that shows just how well the team has been playing is their defensive average. Over the past three games they've given up 111.3 points per game, down from a season average of 114.8. We all know about the Mavs ability to score and they'll need to continue to play at the high level to keep Luka Doncic in check.

Pelicans vs. Mavericks Predictions

While the Pels need to win in order to keep their faint hopes of reaching the play-in tournament alive, the Mavs need to win out to lock up the fifth seed. Those three games see two at home, including this one, and they'll be confident of winning here.

Given the Pelicans lack of star power you'd expect Dallas to win here, and the books agree as shown by the -420 odds. Luke Doncic was woeful in that defeat to the Grizzlies on Tuesday and you'll expect the European star to bounce back tonight.

Pelicans vs. Mavericks Prediction

With both teams still fighting hard this won't be a walk over for the favorites, despite the obvious quality of the Mavs. Dallas are 9.5-point favorites but can they cover? This will be reliant on Luka Doncic performing at his best and given how bad he was on Tuesday I'm certain that he'll be ready to put on a clinic. With that in mind I think this could be a high scoring game. Expect the over to cash and the Mavs to cover the spread.

Pelicans vs. Mavericks Prediction & Pick

1u - Mavs -9.5 @ -103

Sam Farley
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