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NBA Preview: Pelicans seek to take advantage of floundering Mavericks squad

Over their past 10 games, the New Orleans Pelicans are the most .500 of .500 teams.

Compared to what they were over the first 13, that’s a huge amount of progress.

The Pels have a net rating of 0.0 during this most recent stretch, good for 13th in the NBA. Their defensive rating of 107.8 ranks 15th, and New Orleans is 16th offensively.

Their five wins have come against quality opponents. Two double-digit wins over the Los Angeles Clippers; a win in Salt Lake City over the Jazz; and victories over the Wizards and Grizzlies.