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NBA Preview: New Orleans Pelicans season finale against Dallas Mavericks poised to enter record books

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Dirk Nowitzki sits four points away from overtaking Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the all-time scoring list!

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Was one day enought to get over this?

Maybe this will help…

Fact of the matter is we all have to move on to the first of the final 10 games of the season as the Pelicans visit the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

That should be good news. The end is in sight, and we can move on to thoughts of general manager and coaching candidates, trade partners, draft picks, and free agency.

We also have the potential of seeing history made twice. Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton enters the game with the possibility of extending his franchise-record triple-double streak to five games. In March, Payton is averaging 11.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, and a league-leading 9.8 assists per game.

For the Mavericks, soon-to-be-Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki may reach another milestone in his legendary career. Nowitzki is only four points shy of passing Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Dirk has played in all eight games for Dallas this month, and is putting up 8.1 points in just over 18 minutes. His teammates should be looking to get him the record early on in front of the home crowd.

Others to watch for the Pelicans include Julius Randle. Randle’s 25.9 points per game this month is 14th-best in the league, outpacing Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Steph Curry.

Frank Jackson will be looking to extend his double-figure scoring streak to a career-best seven games. Over his previous six contests, Jackson is averaging 16.7 points per game while shooting better than 46 percent from the field, a very encouraging stretch for the rookie.

If Luka Doncic sits this one out, pay attention to the recently acquired Tim Hardaway Jr. Hardaway averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 boards, and 6.3 assists against New Orleans in two games with the Knicks.

Both teams are reeling as of late. New Orleans has lost six straight and secured its sixth losing season in its last eight with the loss to Phoenix. Dallas snapped its own seven-game losing streak Saturday night against the Cavaliers and is one loss away from its third straight losing season.

The Pelicans are 2-1 against the Mavericks this season, winning both matchups at home. They lost in Dallas 122-119 the day after Christmas.

Geaux Pels!

Where To Watch/Listen

What: New Orleans Pelicans (30-42) vs Dallas Mavericks (28-41)

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

When: Monday, March 18th, 2019. 7:30 PM CST

How: FSNO, 99.5 FM WRNO