Dallas Mavericks Should Handle New Orleans Pelicans On the Road

By Elaine J. Dispo
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After a disappointing defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans in their NBA preseason home opener, the Dallas Mavericks have the opportunity to redeem themselves.

When the Mavs hosted the Pelicans at the American Airlines Center they racked up a tacky 28 turnovers. Now that this Dallas team is traveling to play at the New Orleans Arena they can seize the chance to shut down the former Hornets at the home of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.

The Mavericks have several advantages over the newly lamely-named Pelicans that should lead to the former’s win over the latter on Wednesday, Dec. 4. First of all, Dallas has two more victories over New Orleans, with the former’s 11 over the latter’s nine, so far this season. Both teams have eight losses entering this game, and I expect for “N’awlins” to end up with their ninth tonight.

During the 2012-13 season, Dallas won all but one of their four games against N.O. Their only loss last season was in overtime at home.

Mavs power forward Dirk Nowitzki, who has been known to make history throughout his career in the league, has made his share in New Orleans. At the Mavericks’ road game against the then-Hornets on April 14, Nowitzki joined the 25K-point club with a fadeaway jump shot.

Overall, Dallas has beaten New Orleans in the majority of their meetings, and this time around should be no different. After struggling during Thanksgiving week, the Mavs are grateful for their victory against the Charlotte Bobcats at home before they hit the road. Following their game and a hopeful win over the Pelicans again they can trail on their merry way up to the Portland Trail Blazers to wrap up this week.

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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