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NBA Preview: Dallas Mavericks (34-32) at New Orleans Pelicans (31-34)

The Dallas Mavericks didn’t use their recent homestand to its full potential. However, at least they came out on top.

It is of the utmost importance for the New Orleans Pelicans to make the most of their four-game homestand that begins on Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

In the midst of a highly congested battle for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs and play-in tournament, neither team is moving forward.

Dallas defeated Utah 120-116 on Tuesday night, ending its season-high six-game homestand.

After acquiring Kyrie Irving and combining him with Luka Doncic to form one of the NBA’s most explosive scoring tandems, the Mavericks have not integrated as quickly as they had hoped.

However, Dallas improved to 3-5 in games in which both Irving and Doncic have appeared, as Irving scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and Doncic scored 29.

After scoring a total of nine points in each of its three home losses, Dallas prevailed in a close game.

After the Pelicans’ 123-108 defeat at Sacramento on Monday night, they have lost six of their last seven games and 17 of their last 22.

Against the Kings, New Orleans played well in the first half, and the score was tied at 59 at halftime. Be that as it may, Sacramento changed to a zone safeguard in the second from last quarter, which lost the Pelicans’ offense. Even though D’Aaron Fox, the Kings’ leading scorer, was out with an injury, the Kings outscored New Orleans by 38-20 in the period and cruised to victory.

Green has been trying to get his players to make at least 35 3-pointers per game to make it easier for opponents’ defenses to stop them and give them more room to move. Against Sacramento, the Pelicans shot 11 of 29 from beyond the arc.

In 26 days, New Orleans, which is 20-11 at home, will play only its second home game.

The Pelicans will attempt to level the season series, which has been won by the home team in each of the previous encounters. On October 25, New Orleans won 113-111, Dallas won 127-117 on January 7 and 111-106 on February 2.

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