The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the best teams in the NBA to open this season, and they dominated the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.
The two teams match up again on Tuesday in the NBA’s In-Season Tournament Group Play, and that could provide New Orleans a chance to bounce back.
CJ McCollum, Trey Murphy III, Larry Nance Jr. and Jose Alvarado are still sidelined for the Pels, so that limits our options in the prop market.
Still, I have a few plays to consider for Tuesday’s game.
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Mavericks vs. Pelicans best NBA prop bets today
- Jordan Hawkins OVER 13.5 points
- Zion Williamson UNDER 25.5 points
- Josh Green OVER 1.5 3-pointers made
Jordan Hawkins OVER 13.5 points
Pelicans rookie Jordan Hawkins has seen his minutes and shots increase with McCollum and others sidelined, and he’s ran with it, averaging 12.6 points per game while shooting 35.1 percent from 3.
Hawkins should be in line for a big role on Tuesday with multiple players out, and he’s taken at least 11 shots in each of his last five games.
If that continues, Hawkins could easily clear this number if he gets hot like he did against Denver (31 points).
Zion Williamson UNDER 25.5 points
Pelicans star Zion Williamson has not cleared 25.5 points in a single game this season, and now he’s trying to adjust to a smaller role in the team’s offense.
That doesn’t seem like a good recipe, and I have a hard time seeing Zion going over this number against a Dallas team that held him to 18 points on Sunday.
Until we see more volume for Zion (he’s taken 20+ shots just two times this season), he’s going to be hard to trust in scoring props in the mid-20s.
Josh Green OVER 1.5 3-pointers made
If you’re considering taking a shot on a Dallas player in this game, Josh Green is a good player to bet.
Dallas’ young shooting guard has had a solid role for the team this season, playing over 25 minutes per game and averaging 7.8 points per game.
Green is shooting an impressive 39.5 percent from beyond the arc, hitting multiple shots from deep in four of 10 games.
Green is coming off a season-high 13 points and three shots made from deep, as he attempted seven shots from beyond the arc on Sunday. The volume is a little concern for Green, but at nearly 2/1 odds to make two shots from deep, he’s worth a sprinkle.
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