The Dallas Mavericks have won five of their last six games as they travel to face the New Orleans Pelicans in the final game before the All-Star break. Superstar Luka Doncic has scored 30-plus in seven of his last nine games, and he will be looking to put the exclamation point on before traveling to Cleveland for All-Star weekend.
The Pelicans are fighting for a place in the play-in tournament. They currently sit 11th in the Western Conference and have lost three of their last four. New Orleans traded for CJ McCollum to boost their backcourt, and it will be the first time Dallas faces him as a Pelican.
Fans will not want to miss Thursday’s game, so here is a look at the odds, how to watch, and more.
Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans: How to watch
Start time: 7:00 p.m. CT or 8:00 p.m. ET
How to watch: Bally Sports Southwest-Dallas (Mavericks local market), Bally Sports New Orleans (Pelicans local market)
Watch online: NBA League Pass
Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans: Injury report
The Mavs will be without Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot), Marquese Chriss (knee), and Theo Pinson (finger) on Feb. 17. Reggie Bullock (hip), Trey Burke (shoulder), and Frank Ntilikina (ankle) are all listed as questionable to play in New Orleans.
The Pelicans ruled out Zion Williamson (foot), Larry Nance Jr. (knee), and Kira Lewis Jr. (knee) for their final game before the All-Star break.
Fans should be sure to check social media just before tipoffs for updates on Bullock, Burke, and Ntilikina, plus search for any late-breaking news.
Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, the Mavericks are 3.0-point favorites in New Orleans on Thursday night. They are minus-165 on the moneyline, and the contest has an over/under of 215.0.
The Mavericks over/under is 108.5, which they have topped in just two of their last six games.
Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans predictions
The Mavs have won two of the first three meetings against the Pelicans by 16 or more points, and they will be looking to secure the season series with a win on Feb. 17. Expect Luka Doncic to go off for 30-plus as he leads Dallas to a blowout win heading into the All-Star break.
Jalen Brunson nets 20 and dishes out seven dimes in the Mavericks win on Thursday night. The game goes under 215 as Dallas falls just short of scoring 108. The Mavs easily cover the spread as they head into the All-Star break 11 games over .500.
Dallas Mavericks have a full week off after Thursday’s game. Their next contest is on Feb. 25 in Utah against the Jazz in a key game as they look to move up to fourth in the Western Conference. Luka Doncic will play in his third All-Star game on Sunday, but it will be his first coming off the bench. Fans will not want to miss the Feb. 17 game in New Orleans, so please tune in and enjoy the show.