New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks prediction
Dallas comes from a win over the Lakers but let's not rush to give them credit as the Lakers seemed tired and nothing on the court reflected any kind of motivation.
Now, this is a dangerous game for Dallas as the Pelicans are playing in crazy tempo and they are one of the best teams on fast breaks, which is Dallas' main weakness and as a matter of fact they rank 2nd worst in fastbreak defensive efficiency thus the Pelicans are expected to do some damage here, so, maybe their total points over is an option.
What I'm also going for though is JJ's total three's scored. It took him some time to settle in but his guy has been ridiculous over the last month and he is one of the main reasons I watch the Pelicans' games! He is shooting with 49.5 % from the 3P line and he does that in over 8 attempts per game! Let that settle in, in his last 14 games, that's a total of 111 3P attempts, he shoots with 49.5 %. Most Centers in the league shoot worse from the free-throw line!
JJ's off-the-ball movement is unparalleled, he 'pinballs' through the crowd and jumps on the perimeter out of nowhere to catch and shoot and that's what makes it impossible for his opponents to stick with him. Hardaway and Finney-Smith are pretty much hopeless against Reddick here and I expect JJ to terrorize the Mavs from beyond the arc.
JJ played just 22 minutes (1-2 3P) in their first meeting but that was way back, in their second game of the season, at a time that he was still trying to fit in his new team. I have no doubt that his minutes are guaranteed here and that his outside scoring is essential for Pelicans here. It seems a bit risky but he will take his shots and i expect him to make them.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks betting tips
JJ Redick Over 3.5 Three's Made (Scored) (Stake: 8)Odds: 2.15 at Bet365
Result: 2 LOST (-8 units)
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