They call the NBA team in New Orleans the Pelicans these days.

More like the Pelican’ts.

At least, they can’t when they are missing two of their best players and the Mavericks jump on them the way they did Friday night.

Dirk Nowitzki bounced back from his season-low eight-point effort at San Antonio two nights earlier, scoring 24 as the Mavericks rolled to a 107-90 victory in the first of a home-and-home set on consecutive nights between the teams. As was the case Friday, the Pelicans will be without leading scorer Ryan Anderson and key point guard Jrue Holiday in the rematch.

That made the Mavericks’ job a lot easier, even without Shawn Marion.

To their credit, they broke out to a double-digit lead early and stashed the game away by the midpoint of the third quarter.

The win salvaged a split of a quick, two-game road trip that started with what coach Rick Carlisle called an “unmitigated failure” in San Antonio.

When the caliber of competition dipped significantly, the Mavericks responded with a solid effort at both ends of the floor and never trailed against the Pelicans.

Even in a workmanlike victory, however, the Mavericks know they can’t breathe any sighs of relief.

“Sometimes when we have an easy win, we tend to take the pedal off the metal, and we just can’t do that,” Nowitzki said. “We play them again and then Orlando on Monday. We’d like to get both of those before we head back on the road. So it’s a big game against them [Saturday].”

The Mavericks got good efforts from just about everybody Friday, including center Samuel Dalembert, who was back in the starting lineup against Anthony Davis of the Pelicans.