Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks Preview
The Dallas Mavericks seek their eighth victory in a nine-game span when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. Dallas won the first two contests of its current three-game road trip, including a 114-100 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Star point guard Luka Doncic is leading the Mavericks’ revival with season averages of 30.6 points (third in the NBA), 9.9 rebounds (15th) and 9.6 assists (second).
Doncic recorded 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds against Los Angeles. Backup guard Delon Wright was a surprise force against the Lakers with season highs of nine assists and three 3-point baskets to go along with 17 points, five rebounds and four steals.
New Orleans Pelicans Preview
The New Orleans Pelicans aim to halt a five-game losing streak when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. The Pelicans have struggled without No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, who remains sidelined after preseason knee injury. New Orleans is fresh off losing back-to-back close games to the Oklahoma City.
Guard Jrue Holiday scored 26 points on Sunday in a 109-104 loss to the Thunder, and he has topped 20 points in seven of the past 10 games, improving his season average to 19.4. Center Derrick Favors has been away from the team due to his mother’s funeral, and it was unclear if he would return on Tuesday.