Dallas Mavericks (34-24, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (23-35, 11th in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks visit the New Orleans Pelicans. Doncic ranks fifth in the league with an average of 27.0 points per game.
The Pelicans are 4-6 against the rest of their division. New Orleans is sixth in the Western Conference with 13.2 quick break points per game led by Herbert Jones averaging 1.8.
The Mavericks are 10-2 against the rest of their division. Dallas is the best team in the Western Conference, allowing just 103.0 points per game while holding opponents to 45.4 percent shooting.
The teams are meeting for the fourth time this season. The Pelicans won the last game 107-91 on December 4. Brandon Ingram scored 24 points to help lead the Pelicans to victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Devonte ‘Graham is shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc on 2.8 3-pointers per game for the Pelicans, while averaging 13 points and 4.5 assists. Ingram is shooting 50.0 percent and averaging 21.6 points over New Orleans’ last 10 games.
Doncic is averaging 27 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Mavericks. Jalen Brunson is averaging 18.2 points over Dallas’ last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 5-5, averaged 108.1 points, 41.7 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 7.3 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 48.6 percent from the field . Their opponents are averaging 105.7 points per game.
Mavericks: 7-3, averaged 112.8 points, 42.8 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. Their opponents average 102.8 points.
INJURIES: Pelicans: Larry Nance Jr.: out (knee), Kira Lewis Jr.: out for the season (knee), Zion Williamson: out (foot).
Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr.: out (foot), Reggie Bullock: out (hip), Trey Burke: out (shoulder), Theo Pinson: out (finger), Marquese Chriss: out (knee).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.