New Orleans Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks Preview and Predictions 12-07-2019

The Dallas Mavericks had little trouble with New Orleans on the road in a 118-97 victory Tuesday and will look to post another win when they host the Pelicans at home on Saturday. The Mavericks are winners of four straight and nine of their last 10 games.

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Dallas star Luka Doncic took control with 33 points, 18 rebounds and five assists in the win at New Orleans but it was the rest of the roster that shined in a 121-114 home victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves the next night. Power forward Dwight Powell (24 points on 9-of-9 shooting) and guard Jalen Brunson (16 on 7-of-8) both recorded season highs in scoring against the Timberwolves in the opener of a five-game homestand, which includes a game in Mexico City next week against the Detroit Pistons. The Pelicans followed up their setback against Dallas with a 139-132 overtime home loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday and are losers of seven straight. New Orleans committed 24 turnovers in its latest setback and the team enters play on Friday 27th in the league in turnovers (15.8).

TV: 2 p.m. ET, FS New Orleans, FS Southwest (Dallas)

ABOUT THE PELICANS (6-16): New Orleans forward Brandon Ingram needed six stitches to close a gash over his right eye in the third quarter on Thursday and returned in time to help the team outscore Phoenix 34-18 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. "I just wanted to fight with my team," Ingram told reporters. "I've been through way worse [stuff] than just getting my head hit on whatever kind of floor it is. To be with my team and play the game of basketball is my profession and that's something I would love to do." Ingram finished with 21 points in the loss and scored 20 or more in all but one game this season - a loss at Oklahoma City on Nov. 2 in which he scored seven points in 15 minutes before leaving with an injury.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (15-6): Wednesday marked the first time since Oct. 29 that Doncic did not lead the team in scoring as the MVP candidate was held to 22 points on 8-of-22 shooting. Doncic is averaging 30.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.1 assists and Wednesday marked just the sixth time this season that he didn't record at least a double-double. Forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 19 points on Wednesday while playing in his first back-to-back set of games since prior to a knee injury that robbed him of the entire 2018-19 season, and Dallas is set to play a home back-to-back this weekend with the Sacramento Kings visiting on Sunday.


1. Powell left in the fourth quarter on Wednesday with a wrist contusion and is day-to-day.

2. Pelicans PG Lonzo Ball scored a season-high 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting Wednesday.

3. New Orleans earned 129-125 overtime victory in its last trip to Dallas on March 18.


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Last Injuries

Dallas Mavericks

  • Dwight Powell

    out for season | out

    Powell suffered a ruptured right Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season.

  • Kristaps Porzingis

    Prob Tues | probable

    Porzingis is sidelined due to right knee soreness, but he is expected to rejoin the lineup Tuesday versus the Clippers.

  • J.J. Barea

    Prob Tues | probable

    Barea has missed the previous two games due to an illness, but is expected to play against the Warriors on Tuesday.

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Josh Hart

    Prob Fri | probable

    Hart is expected to play Friday versus the Nuggets despite left ankle soreness.

  • JJ Redick

    Prob Fri | probable

    Redick is battling a left hamstring strain, but he is likely to suit up against the Nuggets on Friday.

  • Kenrich Williams

    Out indefinitely | out

    Williams has been sidelined due to right lower-back soreness, and it is unclear when he will return to the lineup.

  • Jahlil Okafor

    day-to-day | questionable

    Okafor has been held out of the past three games with a sore lower back, but it is expected that he will return against the Spurs on Wednesday.

  • JJ Redick

    Prob Wed | probable

    Redick is projected to be in Wednesday's lineup versus the Spurs despite a left hamstring strain.

  • Josh Hart

    Prob Wed | probable

    Hart has a sore left ankle, but it is projected that he will play Wednesday versus the Spurs.

  • Jrue Holiday

    Prob Wed | probable

    Holiday is anticipated to suit up against the Spurs on Wednesday despite a left elbow triceps strain.

  • Zion Williamson

    Prob Wed | probable

    Williamson had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. He is progressing in his recovery, and it is expected that he will make his season debut Wednesday versus the Spurs.