Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Sunday January 25, 2015. At 6:00 PM EST.
The (30-14) Dallas Mavericks of the Western Conference Southwest Division makes the trip from the Windy City where they played Friday to the big Easy. Dallas will play the (22-21) New Orleans Pelicans also of the Western Conference Southwest in 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at Smoothie King Center in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. This Sports Handicapper believes the Dallas Mavericks will be strong contenders in 2015 Western Conference playoffs. New Orleans has a talented nucleus of young players but is a year away. The betting line has Dallas as a three-point road favorite Against The Spread, the betting odds total is at 201′ for Sunday’s game.
The 2015 Dallas Mavericks have won three of four but lost Friday Night at Chicago 102-98. The Dallas offense is putting up nearly 108-points per game which is second in the league. Dallas allows opponents 101 points per contest, and that ranks 23rd in the NBA. Dallas has five players scoring in double-figures with Guard Monta Ellis being the leader, Ellis also leads the team in steals. Dirk Nowitzki is second in scoring with a little over 18 points per contest. The Mavericks next three games are against Divisional opponents. Dallas is 5-0 Against The Number their last five in New Orleans. The Mavericks are 0-3-1 ATS their last four after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. The Dallas Mavericks are 4-3 ATS their last seven NBA Predictions away from North Texas, going over the betting odds total twice while staying under five times. The key to a Dallas win is to play at a fast pace, creating an open shot for Nowitzki and Elis must drive to the bucket. Center Tyson Chandler is the team’s vocal leader and brings needed leadership. Dallas is very talented and has experience. The addition of Rajon Rondo is going to be huge the second half of the season.
The 2015 New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves for consecutive wins. Friday Night New Orleans beat the Timberwolves in a low-scoring affair at the Target Center in the Twin Cities. Starting Point Guard Jrue Holiday who is out until Mid February with an ankle injury is the team leader in assists and steals. Holiday’s court presence is huge; other players have to make up for his absence. Forward Anthony Davis is a rising star in the league and is capable of taking over a game. The 6’10” Al Star, Davis is the team leader points, rebounds and block shots. Sharpshooter Ryan Anderson is questionable for Sunday’s game also with a minor ankle injury. New Orleans is 5-0 Against The number their last five on Sunday’s. The betting odds under the total is 5-0 the Pelicans last five on a day’s rest. New Orleans is 2-7 ATS the last nine between the teams. The New Orleans Pelicans are 1-2 ATS their last three at home, going over the betting odds total once while staying under twice. The key to a Pelican’s win is to play with enthusiasm. New Orleans plays in the toughest league in the NBA.
Free Pick: Dallas-3.