Fixture: New Orleans Pelicans vs Dallas Mavericks
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 7:30 PM ET (Wednesday, 12:30 AM GMT)
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans.
Dallas Mavericks have made a statement with the win against Los Angeles Lakers in the previous game. With a win-loss record of 13-6, the Mavericks are currently placed fourth in the Western Conference. Their good run after a 5-6 start to the season can be solely attributed to a 20-year old playing his sophomore season. Such has been the impact of Luka Doncic this year.
On Tuesday, they will be facing a Pelicans side, which has also seen some impressive performances from its youngsters. They have managed to stay seventh in the Western Conference without the presence of their 2019 Draft’s first overall pick Zion Williamson, thanks to the likes of Jrue Holiday and Brandon Ingram, whose scoring has kept Pelicans as the seventh best team offensively in terms of points scored per game.
Injury updates and team news-
New Orleans Pelicans-
Injuries: Kenrich Williams (Ankle)- Out, Derrick Favors- Out for personal reasons, Zion Williamson (Knee)- Out, Darius Miller (Achillies)- Out
Predicted starting line up: Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick, Brandon Ingram, Jahlil Okafor
Injuries: Isaiah Roby (Knee)- Out
Predicted starting line up: Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr, Dorian Finney-Smith, Kristaps Porzingis, Dwight Powell
Although the home team are good going forward, their defence has let them down quite a few times this season. This could be a huge problem considering the fact that the Mavericks are the best rated team going forward. They will have to deal with a Luka Doncic who has been averaging close to a triple double in the season so far.
For the Pelicans going forward, they will rely on Jrue Holiday, who has been averaging 19.4 points per game this season, along with Brandon Ingram.