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Game 18: Pelicans vs. Mavericks

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2013/2014 NBA Season



December 4, 2013, 7:00 PM CDT
New Orleans, LA
Projected Starters
Jrue Holiday Jose Calderon
Eric Gordon Monta Ellis
Al-Farouq Aminu Shawn Marion
Ryan Anderson Dirk Nowitzki
Jason Smith

Samuel Dalembert
Advanced Stats (2013/14)
93.6 (17) Pace 95.7 (9)
108.9 (5) ORtg 108.3 (7)
106.9 (25) DRtg 106.4 (23)

Game Preview:

The Mavericks are coming to New Orleans losers in 4 of their last 6 games. To boot, their away record sits at 2-6 (however, must admit, most of them have been against quality opponents). Currently, the Pelicans are favored by two points, but it was interesting to see one model predict a 99-97 score. Doesn't the computer realize both teams excel offensively (>103 PPG) while aren't very adept at stopping opponents?

Playing without Anthony Davis is clearly a drawback against any opponent but Dallas may be one of those teams we may be able to get away with it. They have one true center in Dalembert, yet Carlisle doesn't even let him average 26 minutes a game, opting to play small more times than not. Not surprisingly, the Mavericks aren't a very good rebounding team.

Apparently, with so many aspects being relatively equal (check out the offensive and defensive ratings above), look for this game to boil down to execution. The team that does a better job and is able to convert more of their looks will probably go home happy.