[7:00 PM] Pelicans @ Mavericks

Who will WIN this matchup?

New Orleans Pelicans (6-11)

@ Dallas Mavericks (2-13)


The line for this game is New Orleans by 5 points.

Not even the healthy return of future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki is enough to kick-start the Dallas Mavericks offense. The Mavericks are last in the NBA in scoring at an average of 91.5 points and will try to avoid a ninth consecutive loss when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.

Davis is averaging 33 points, 10.2 boards and 3.2 blocks in the last five games but felt like he and his teammates needed a better effort on the glass in Portland, where they were outrebounded 61-46 and outscored in the paint 64-34.

Nowitzki was one of several key Dallas players on the injury report until Wednesday, when he made his return from an eight-game absence due to an Achilles injury. The 38-year-old led the team in scoring with 15 points on Friday, but his presence alone was not enough to keep the Mavericks from losing the last two games by a combined 58 points.

Mavericks PG Deron Williams (calf) returned from a four-game absence on Friday but was limited to four points in 15 minutes.

Pelicans PG Jrue Holiday is averaging 16.2 points and 6.6 assists in five games since making his season debut.

The Southwest Division rivals split four meetings last season, with New Orleans winning once at Dallas.


StreakSmarts Pick: New Orleans Pelicans

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick