Tonight the Mavericks face the injured and struggling New Orleans Pelicans, who at this point should perhaps consider adopting "The Struggling New Orleans Pelicans" as their official team name. Dallas held the Pelicans to 0-6 for the season (and got their first home win) in Saturday night's match-up. Can they make it 0-7 tonight?
What happened the last time these teams met?
The Mavericks walked away with what looked like a solid win, but the 107-98 win came on the heels of a fourth-quarter Pelicans rally. After earning themselves a comfortable lead, the Mavericks had a three-minute field goal drought that allowed New Orleans to pull within six. But luckily Deron Williams righted the ship, and the Mavericks closed the fourth with a comfortable margin.
What do the Mavericks need to do to be successful?
After a hot start against Phoenix, the Mavericks have been sluggish on offense this season, but the team shot well against the Pelicans on Saturday, going just over 47 percent from the field and 37 percent from three with only nine turnovers. Hopefully Dallas will be able to build on that momentum tonight.
JaVale McGee remains out, but expect to see Jrue Holiday back in action (Holiday missed Saturday's game, which was the second of a back-to-back for New Orleans). The Pelicans will still be missing Norris Cole and Quincy Pondexter, neither of whom have played this season, as well as Kendrick Perkins and possibly Omer Asik, who missed Saturday's game but is listed as questionable for tonight's game.
How to watch
Tonight's game will not be nationally televised, but you can watch it locally on Fox Sports Southwest, on Fox Sports New Orleans if that's where you happen to be, or on League Pass if you're anywhere else. Tip-off is at 7:00pm Central.