Dallas Mavericks @ New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas should be riding high after their last win; the Mavericks slaughtered the Memphis Grizzlies. In a game where the Grizzlies were favored by six, they lost by 41. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic win by Dallas and their first of the season.
They have another challenge in front of them as they face New Orleans, a team that is not to be trifled with. The Pelicans opened the season with two wins, upsetting both the Nets and the Hornets. Most recently, they suffered a one-point overtime lose to the Jazz. It was a disappointing first loss of the season but likely nothing more than a bump in the road.
The Pelicans are lighting up the scoreboard, as they have scored over 120 points in every game they have played thus far. While the Mavericks’ offense has been potent, they only average 117 points a game. However, Dallas allows far fewer points than New Orleans. This creates a great matchup tonight — an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.
Dallas is by far the best team New Orleans has had to face in this young season, and it should be a great test for them. Their inexperience will likely hold them back from the win, but it should be a close and entertaining game.
Dallas -4 (-107) & Over 220.5 (-107)
LA Clippers @ OKC Thunder
The LA Clippers head west to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Clippers opened the season with two wins against California teams — the Lakers and the Kings. With the addition of John Wall and the return of Kawhi Leonard, they will be a force in the West this year. Those two wins were followed by a loss severed to them by the Phoenix Suns, a team that has dominated the West for quite some time now. They’ll try to bounce back against the Thunder.
There were high hopes for the Thunder in the offseason after drafting Chet Holmgren, but after sustaining a foot injury, the Thunder may be in play for another top draft pick. They have lost their first three games of the season, and it would be hard to imagine their first win of the season coming against the Clippers.
Both of these teams grind and haven’t recorded high point totals this season, so while a 10-point cover is a lot to ask of the Clippers, the smart play is the Thunder to cover and a bit of a hedge with the under.