New Orleans continues to surprise
The Western Conference continues in something of a state of chaos with six teams separated by just two games in the overall standings.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now tied for the fourth seed in the West after a 126-109 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.
Leading the way for New Orleans was Anthony Davis, as the 24-year-old power forward from Chicago, Illinois had 23 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds and passing out a lone assist for a double-double for the game.
The win leaves the Pelicans a half game behind the Portland Trail Blazers, tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves and a half game up on the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In addition New Orleans is now on a Western Conference second best eight-game winning streak, a performance somewhat overshadowed by the 15-game winning streak of the Houston Rockets.
When DeMarcus Cousins went down with a season-ending injury, it was thought that the Pelicans would fall away. Instead the visitors have doubled down and could be a scary first round match-up if they remain hot.
Dennis Smith Jr. led the way in defeat for the Mavericks, as the 20-year-old rookie point guard from Fayetteville, North Carolina had a team high 23 points, while passing out eight assists and grabbing five rebounds for the game.
Dallas is right where they want to be, as the Mavericks hope to get a top-five pick in the summer NBA Draft.
New Orleans travel to the West Coast to take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, before concluding their road swing in Sacramento against the Kings on Wednesday.
The Pelicans are 125/1 to win the Western Conference, with the Rockets 29/20 and the Thunder 4999/1.
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