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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 3/18/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




NEW ORLEANS (30 - 42) at DALLAS (28 - 41)
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Monday, 3/18/2019 8:35 PM
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545NEW ORLEANS230.5232.5
NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games30-42-14.634-3738-33115.858.547.5%55.4116.060.646.6%53.6
Road Games12-25-10.418-1821-16115.259.247.7%55.4116.661.746.0%54.4
Last 5 Games0-5-60-54-1115.858.444.4%58.4129.061.449.6%59.6
Division Games7-7-0.17-76-8113.656.649.0%54.6109.757.645.0%51.1
NEW ORLEANS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)115.858.544-9247.5%10-2934.6%18-2475.7%551127217146
vs opponents surrendering110.655.641-8946.0%11-3235.5%18-2376.6%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)115.259.243-9147.7%10-2935.0%18-2475.1%551127227145
Stats Against (All Games)116.060.643-9246.6%12-3336.1%18-2475.7%541127218135
vs opponents averaging110.955.841-8946.0%11-3135.4%18-2376.6%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)116.661.743-9346.0%13-3436.9%18-2475.4%541127219125

DALLAS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games28-41-17.739-2930-38107.955.844.6%54.4109.656.646.1%52.6
Home Games22-13+4.922-1214-21109.056.945.1%55.0106.655.345.3%51.5
Last 5 Games1-4-33-12-3104.855.445.9%50.6106.657.646.1%49.8
Division Games3-9-66-65-7104.656.044.3%52.2110.858.047.2%50.3
DALLAS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.955.838-8644.6%12-3634.2%19-2673.8%541023207144
vs opponents surrendering11155.941-8946.0%11-3135.4%18-2376.5%531024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)109.056.938-8545.1%12-3634.6%20-2773.7%551123207144
Stats Against (All Games)109.656.641-8946.1%11-3234.7%17-2177.5%531024248135
vs opponents averaging111.45641-8946.1%11-3235.5%18-2376.9%531024218145
Stats Against (Home Games)106.655.340-8845.3%11-3333.8%16-2177.1%511022248134
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ORLEANS 95.8,  DALLAS 96.1
NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/6/2019@ CHICAGO125-120W-1.5W226.5O45-8552.9%561145-9149.5%458
2/9/2019@ MEMPHIS90-99L-1L214.5U34-8639.5%611538-8843.2%5510
2/14/2019OKLAHOMA CITY131-122W4.5W238.5O50-9254.3%561450-10647.2%4813
2/22/2019@ INDIANA111-126L5L223O43-9346.2%641844-9347.3%5911
2/23/2019LA LAKERS128-115W6.5W234.5O50-9652.1%501744-8154.3%4523
2/27/2019@ LA LAKERS119-125L6.5W240O46-10245.1%641349-9452.1%568
3/1/2019@ PHOENIX130-116W-4.5W239O50-8757.5%572440-9442.6%4419
3/2/2019@ DENVER120-112W13.5W238U45-9248.9%582139-9242.4%5416
3/4/2019@ UTAH115-112W9.5W231.5U46-9647.9%51843-9246.7%5418
3/10/2019@ ATLANTA116-128L2L237.5O45-10144.6%48848-9849.0%619
3/18/2019@ DALLAS              
3/20/2019@ ORLANDO              
3/31/2019LA LAKERS              

DALLAS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/11/2019@ HOUSTON104-120L11L223.5O35-7347.9%471842-9046.7%479
2/23/2019@ UTAH109-125L11.5L214.5O41-9742.3%47341-8548.2%617
2/25/2019@ LA CLIPPERS112-121L3.5L230O37-7648.7%491745-10045.0%525
3/4/2019@ BROOKLYN88-127L5.5L226.5U31-8735.6%481348-8556.5%5813
3/6/2019@ WASHINGTON123-132L5L232.5O45-9348.4%49750-9353.8%5712
3/8/2019@ ORLANDO106-111L6.5W214O42-8947.2%481442-8748.3%5314
3/12/2019SAN ANTONIO105-112L3.5L217.5U38-8246.3%501443-8252.4%4412
3/14/2019@ DENVER99-100L11W221.5U37-8742.5%49839-8148.1%5011
3/18/2019NEW ORLEANS              
3/20/2019@ PORTLAND              
3/21/2019@ SACRAMENTO              
3/23/2019@ GOLDEN STATE              
3/28/2019@ MIAMI              
3/31/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
NEW ORLEANS: LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Alvin Gentry (fourth season, 16th NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Elfrid Payton (12.7 ppg, Orlando/Phoenix), G Jrue Holiday (19 ppg), F E'Twaun Moore (12.5 ppg), F Anthony Davis, (28.1 ppg), C Julius Randle (16.1 ppg, Lakers).
KEY LOSSES: C-F DeMarcus Cousins, G Rajon Rondo
KEY ADDITIONS: Randle, Payton
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Davis and Holiday played the best basketball of their careers last season and provide the Pelicans hope of returning to the playoffs. Davis has continued working on building his physique and strength with the expectation that he might have to play more at center now the Cousins is out of the picture. Davis also says his goal is to prove he is the most dominant player in the NBA. Holiday thrived last season when he was able to play more at shooting guard, allowing him to focus more on scoring and crunch-time defending than setting up the offense. The acquisition of Payton should allow Holiday to resume that role.
OUTLOOK: While it's hard to replace Cousins and Rondo, general manager Dell Demps is hoping Randle and Payton wind up being better fits because of their relative youth, defensive play and ability to thrive in an up-tempo offense. Gentry has said he wants the Pelicans to play even faster than their NBA-leading pace last season. It just might work. New Orleans' top three front court players 'Davis, Randle and Nikola Mirotic' all have shown they can be effective playing that way.
DALLAS: LAST SEASON: 24-58, missed playoffs.
COACH: Rick Carlisle (11th season, 17th NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Dennis Smith Jr. (15.2 ppg), G Wesley Matthews (12.7 ppg), F Harrison Barnes (18.9 ppg), F Luka Doncic (rookie), C DeAndre Jordan (12.0 ppg)
KEY LOSSES: G Yogi Ferrell, F Doug McDermott
KEY ADDITIONS: Doncic, Jordan
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Doncic, the third overall pick, is set to be the second straight teenager to start on opening night for the Mavericks, following Smith. The former Euroleague MVP is also expected to contribute right away, perhaps even more than Smith did in a solid rookie season. Jordan's rebounding is a component the Mavericks have lacked. They needed it badly enough that they happily welcomed the player who infamously agreed to join Dallas join three years only to change his mind before he could sign. That saga led to a two-year rebuilding job the Mavericks hope is over.
OUTLOOK: Carlisle is tired of losing coming off consecutive sub-.500 seasons for the first time in his 16-year
COACHing career. If Doncic makes the transition from Europe fairly smoothly and Smith continues to improve, the Mavericks should have a shot at a winning record. The playoffs might be a stretch, but it says something that Dirk Nowitzki is set to come off the bench for the first time since he was a rookie 20 years ago. The 40-year-old is gearing up for his 21st season with the same franchise, a record, but looks iffy for the opener because of lingering issues from ankle surgery at the end of last season.
Nowitzki could top another NBA legend against Pelicans

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki has been treated to standing ovations at every away arena this season as a show of respect for his incredible 21-year career all with the Mavs. And in Dallas, billboards around the city are counting down his final number of home games.

The NBA made Nowitzki and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade honorary All-Star team members. Of course, Wade has announced that this will be his final season. Nowitzki, on the other hand, well, his retirement has only been assumed.

The 7-foot German and sure-fire Hall-of-Famer still has not made anything official. He's having fun, and after the Mavs traded for the still-recovering Kristaps Porzingis, perhaps Nowitzki will want to come back to mentor the franchise's next potential stars in Porzingis and Rookie of the Year frontrunner Luka Doncic.

What will become official, and likely as soon as Monday's home game against the New Orleans Pelicans, however, is Nowitzki surpassing Wilt Chamberlain as the No. 6 leading scorer in NBA history. Nowitzki enters the game needing just four points to top Chamberlain's career total of 31,419 points.

Nowitzki nearly did it during Saturday's home win against Cleveland, scoring 14 but missing his final five shots.

"Obviously, I was going for it there, just didn't have the hot hand down the stretch," Nowitzki told reporters after Dallas snapped a seven-game losing skid with a 121-116 victory over the Cavs. "Forced it a little bit and didn't really have any great looks. But, hey, it is what it is. They didn't go in. We won the game and we're moving on."

Whether Dallas moves on to Monday's game with Doncic, remains to be seen. The 20-year-old sat out Saturday's game with a sore right knee, diagnosed as a contusion. The injury isn't considered serious, and Doncic was walking Saturday without any noticeable limp. It was just the fifth game this season that Doncic missed.

The Pelicans come to Dallas dealing with a serious limp. They've lost six in a row, including an overtime defeat to the cellar-dwelling Phoenix Suns, a game they led by three points and had possession with 7.7 seconds left. Incomprehensible blunders, including a technical foul assessment for calling a timeout the Pelicans didn't have, turned a sure victory into one of the most demoralizing losses of the season.

"I think it was a lot of, just, miscommunication, you know, of the situation at the end," Pelicans forward Julius Randle told reporters afterward. "Everybody was a little bit confused."

A New Orleans team that swept Portland out of the first round of the playoffs last season, and had high hopes for this season, is instead out of the playoff chase and in jeopardy of sinking below the Mavs in the West standings with a loss.

Anthony Davis' decision not to re-sign with the Pelicans and to ask for a trade derailed the season and has reduced the All-Star to basically a 20-minute-a-night player.

Davis, who won't become a free agent until after the 2019-20 season, still has been a highly effective player in his reduced role, but that reduced role has made the Pelicans far less effective when it comes to winning basketball games.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 7/22/2019 7:42:27 AM EST

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