Doncic, Mavericks Host the Pelicans Wednesday – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
New Orleans Pelicans (31-38, 11th in the Western Conference) v Dallas Mavericks (40-29, 6th in the Western Conference)
Dallas; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM: Luka Doncic leads Dallas into a matchup against New Orleans. He ranks sixth in the league and scores 27.9 points per game.
The Mavericks are 20-20 in Western Conference games. Dallas is 22-6 if he wins the rebound fight, averaging 43.4 rebounds per game.
The Pelicans are 6-5 against opponents from the Southwest Division. New Orleans ranks fifth in the Western Conference with 26.2 assists per game, led by Lonzo Ball with an average of 5.7.
The two teams are playing for the third time this season. The Pelicans defeated the Mavericks 112-103 in their final meeting on March 27th. Zion Williamson led New Orleans with 38 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. approached Dallas with 30 points.
TOP PERFORMER: Doncic leads the Mavericks with 27.9 points per game and averages 8.0 rebounds and 8.6 assists. Hardaway Jr. has averaged four 3-point points and 21.3 points in the last 10 games for Dallas.
Ball is third on the Pelicans with an average of 14.6 points and 4.8 rebounds. Naji Marshall has averaged 1.2 3-point points and 8.5 points in the last 10 games for New Orleans.
LAST 10 MATCHES: Mavericks: 7-3, averaging 115.6 points, 41.8 rebounds, 24 assists, 8.2 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while 48.3% are shot from the field. Your opponents averaged 109.8 points at 47.4% shooting.
Pelicans: 5-5, averaging 113.4 points, 49.9 rebounds, 26.4 assists, 10.5 steals, and 4.8 blocks per game, while 46.1% are shot from the field. Your opponents averaged 111.8 points at 45.1% shooting.
INJURIES: Mavericks: JJ Redick: out (heel), Tyrell Terry: out (in person), Kristaps Porzingis: out (knee).
Pelicans: Brandon Ingram: day in and day out (knuckles), Zion Williamson: out (finger), Steven Adams: day in and day out (toe), Josh Hart: out (thumb).