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Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans
The Dallas Mavericks (20-15) will be hosted by the New Orleans Pelicans (11-22) at Smoothie King Center on Wednesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site
The Mavericks were dangerously close to dropping three games in a row, but came away with a thrilling 117-116 double overtime win over the Kings on Tuesday night, giving Dallas their first victory in the new year. Deron Williams, who was questionable heading into Tuesday night, led the Mavericks with 25 points (10-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT), along with four assists, two rebounds, and two steals in 43 minutes. Zaza Pachulia contributed nine points (4-11 FG, 1-2 FT), a game-high 17 rebounds, and five steals in 40 minutes. Chandler Parsons left the game with a right hip injury, the severity of which is still unknown. It would not be surprising if Parsons was held out for the second of Dallas’ back-to-back set on Wednesday night. The Mavericks are 1-2 against the Pelicans this season, with their lone victory coming on November 7 by a score of 107-98.
The Pelicans snapped a two game skid with a win over the Mavericks on Saturday 105-98. Anthony Davis led the way with 31 points (13-22 FG, 5-6 FT), 14 rebounds, a steal and a block in 43 minutes. Norris Cole added his own double-double with 16 points (7-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), a career-high 12 rebounds, four assists, and four steals in 38 minutes. Tyreke Evans missed Saturday’s win due to tendinitis in his knee, but is expected to be back out on the court Wednesday. Quincy Pondexter, who has yet to play this season as he continues to recover from knee surgery, is listed as questionable for Wednesday. However head coach Alvin Gentry said he could still be a couple weeks away from a return, so the chances he takes the court on Wednesday are slim. With Saturday’s win the Pelicans snapped a six-game losing streak in Dallas. They’ll look to continue their winning ways against the Mavericks in front of their home-crowd on Wednesday.