Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans
Another big test for the recently red-hot Doncic against the relentless, merciless defender Jrue. In their previous meeting, Jrue was assigned on Doncic and the rookie had his second worst game of the season (first was back when he 'poked the bear' by blocking Lebron twice) as he finished with 8 points, 25% FG and his season-low in minutes on the court with 22'.
Jrue became his shadow and not only didn't give him open looks but also no room to breathe, an approach that causes a lot of trouble to Doncic who wants his time and space to plan his next move as a ball handler.
With Dennis Smith out and JJ (who is not in the starting lineup either way) questionable for this game, Doncic will once again be the primary ball handler for his team.
It would make sense to go for the under in Doncic high line of 20.5 points in this game but going for his assists just feels safer. Jrue will be on him, which takes Pelicans best defender out of the equation while Davis will be on DeAndre and that leaves the rest of the Mavericks with much easier matchups and given the fact that Doncic will barely get open looks and lanes to attack the basket, he will be forced to pass the ball around, he can easily get at least 6 assists. All in all, this will be a great battle of offense versus defense to watch.
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Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans prediction
|Doncic Over 5.5 Assists||Bet365||1.66||8||10 WON (+5.28 units)|