Pelicans vs. Mavericks NBA expert prediction and odds for Saturday, Jan. 13 (Can NOLA cover?)

Betting odds, pick and prediction for the New Orleans Pelicans' matchup with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.
New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas.
New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas. / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

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Let’s dive into the odds and my best bet for this matchup: 

Pelicans vs. Mavericks odds, spread and total


  • Pelicans +3
  • Mavericks -3


  • Pelicans: +124
  • Mavericks: -148


  • 230.5 (Over -110/Under -110)

Pelicans vs. Mavericks how to watch

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 13
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Venue: American Airlines Arena
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports Southwest, Bally Sports New Orleans
  • Pelicans record: 23-16
  • Mavericks record: 23-16

Pelicans vs. Mavericks injury reports

Pelicans injury report

  • Not submitted yet

Mavericks injury report

  • Grant Williams – probable
  • Olivier Maxence-Prosper – out
  • Maxi Kleber – questionable
  • Josh Green – questionable
  • Dereck Lively II – questionable
  • Greg Brown III – out
  • Luka Doncic – out
  • Dante Exum – out

Pelicans vs. Mavericks key players to watch

New Orleans Pelicans

Brandon Ingram: If he plays, the Pelicans need Ingram to be much better on Saturday after he was limited to just nine points on Friday in Denver. This season, Ingram is averaging 21.7 points per game, but he’s putting up just 13.3 points per game over his last six matchups. 

Dallas Mavericks

Kyrie Irving: Irving was terrific on Thursday against the New York Knicks, leading Dallas to its second win this season with Doncic sidelined. The star guard should be in for another major workload tonight. Irving is averaging 27.6 points, 5.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds in seven games for the Mavericks without Luka Doncic in his career. 

Pelicans vs. Mavericks prediction and pick

I’m going to take a shot on the Pelicans in this game, even though Dallas is favored. 

New Orleans is one of the best teams in the NBA as a road underdog this season, going 6-3-1 against the spread. 

If the team still plays at least two of Ingram, CJ McCollum and Zion Williamson, then I think the Pels have a legit chance to steal this game on the road. 

Dallas needed massive games from Tim Hardaway Jr., Irving and Josh Green to upset the New York Knicks on Thursday. The team has still struggled without Doncic the last two seasons, going 7-14 without him since last season. 

I’ll take a shot on the Pelicans at least covering the spread tonight. 

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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