NBA Picks: Mavericks vs. New Orleans

Joe Catalano

Sunday, April 14, 2013 3:57 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 14, 2013 3:57 PM GMT

Dallas showed some fire in their last game and New Orleans is has lost 3 straight games. Who will come out with some zest in their step as we’re making our NBA Pick?

The Dallas Mavericks face the New Orleans Hornets in a game of two teams playing out the string. Let's evaluate the NBA odds to find the best available betting posture.

Tip-off is scheduled for Sunday, 6:00 pm ET at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. This game can also be seen on NBA TV.

After coming off of a respectable overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets, Dallas is a 3 point favorite and the total for this game is 195 according to 5 Dimes Sportsbook.

The veterans on Dallas have proved that they still have something in the tank. Facing a young New Orleans Hornets team, can Vince Carter and company outshine the more youthful Hornets and teach them a lesson?

VC

Vince Carter has had a boarderline hall of fame career and is a respected player throughout the NBA. At 36, Carter is still playing some decent basketball. He’ll give the Mavs his usual 13 points per game, but there’s times like against Denver when the old Vince will come out.

Carter is coming off of a brilliant performance against Denver in which he led the Mavericks in points (22), rebounds (12), and assists (7). Dallas is a team of veterans that were once good in their hayday. Although this isn’t a winning team, this is a nice spot for Vince. He can come off the bench. If he’s hot, he’ll get his 30 minutes and if not, his PT is decreased and he can rest.

In his last 3 games, VC has been rather hot. He’s averaging 18 points and 8 rebounds per game. Look for a solid performance out of Carter against the young Hornets.

O.J.’s Back

O.J. Mayo has been slumping mightily, but he’s a very streaky player. If Dallas can get a performance like the one that they got out of Mayo against Denver (20 points, 6 assists), it will be curtains for the New Orleans Hornets as this season winds down. Mayo is unpredictable, but momentum says that he’ll play well tonight.

More Western Conference action when the Spurs meet the Lakers!

Anthony Davis Out

An MRI revealed the he has a sprained MCL. This is a blow for New Orleans; Davis has been playing well. He’s not going to win Rookie of the Year, but he has a great future ahead of himself.

Better Late Than Never

Even though he’s averaged over 17 points per ball game, Eric Gordon has really never been able to bring out his full offensive arsenal.

Much like Davis, Gordon has been hampered by injuries. This is an easy 20 point per game scorer when he’s healthy as he is a pure scorer. In his last 3 games, Gordon is averaging 23.3 point per game. Look for another big game out of Gordon in this spot. Dallas’ defense is “spotty”with the number of years that it contains.

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Head to Head Trends

Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in New Orleans

Mavericks are 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in New Orleans

Outcome

I’m going to follow the trend here as neither team is known for their defense. A lot of points should be scored and the point spread is rather low for these two teams. Take the OVER.

Pick- Dallas/New Orleans OVER 195 at BetOnline

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