The Dallas Mavericks will take place in another day game today as they face the New Orleans Pelicans for the second time this week and third time of the season.
The Dallas Mavericks win streak is now up to four games and they have won nine of their last 10. Aside from a tough loss to the LA Clippers, the Mavs have been on a tear, nearly impossible to stop on offense and doing well slowing down other teams on defense. Despite playing three Western Conference playoff teams in the last four games, they’ve held opponents to 106 points per game.
The Mavs now look to extend that win streak with another game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pels are a really good scoring team and they have some length on defense that can disrupt some offensive flow, as they did in the early minutes of the last matchup with Dallas.
Here are a few things to know about the upcoming game.
The game between Dallas and New Orleans will begin at 1:00pm central time. This is the third weekend in a row where the Mavs have had an afternoon game instead of the standard 7:30pm start time.
How to Watch
Today’s game can be watched on Fox Sports Southwest with the usual broadcast team. Fox Sports will also have a local broadcast available for the New Orleans Pelicans.
FuboTV has streaming coverage for all fans. It is an easy, convenient way to catch local, national, and out of market NBA action this season, as well as other sports.
The game can also be watched through Fox Sports Go or NBA League Pass.
The Mavs are a -9 favorite in today’s game, likely due to the matchup advantage and the home court advantage. The Mavs are currently the number two team in the West while the Pelicans are currently sitting at 14th.
There is no official injury report at this time, but the New Orleans Pelicans will still be without first overall pick, Zion Williamson. The Pelicans will also be missing Derrick Favors yet again with what is being described as a personal matter. Aside from those two, there are no reported injuries for the Pels.
On the Mavs side, the only player in question at this time is Dwight Powell who hurt his arm in the late minutes of the game against the Timberwolves. The x-ray came back negative after the game and Powell said he thinks everything is fine in a postgame interview, but it will still be interesting to see if he tries to make it happen today.
Storyline to Follow: Luka Doncic on the glass
Last time these two teams met last week, Luka Doncic grabbed a career high 18 rebounds to go along with his 33 points. He did this in only 28 minutes of game time and did not play at all in the 4th quarter. In fact, Luka had a double-double in the third quarter alone, which is pretty incredible.
There is no telling how many boards he may have been able to get had he played in the 4th, so if this game is any closer, there is a chance we could see an even better performance out of Luka. In their first matchup of the season, Luka grabbed 10 rebounds on his way to a triple-double and a Mavs seven-point victory.
There is a good chance we see one of Luka’s best performances of the season in today’s game, which is a pretty incredible statement. There really are no limits to what this kid can do on the court.