Two squads sitting in and out of the playoff places of the West are clashing today, when the Dallas Mavericks (25-29), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers (33-21), who have lost only once in their last 5 games and want to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 02-10-2019, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Dallas Mavericks +2.5
Dallas Mavericks have a 25-29 record (33-20-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Bucks with a 107-122 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 20.6 ppg, adding 7 boards and 5.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 12 ppg and 3 boards per game.
Portland Trail Blazers have a 33-21 record (30-24 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the fourth place of the West. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Spurs with a 127-118 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 26.1 ppg, adding 4.5 boards and a team high 6.4 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21.4 ppg and 4 boards per game.
It their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Mavericks by 9 points and Blazers by 3 in overtime). Mavericks have a 19-8 home record, while the Blazers are 10-13 on the road. Blazers are better offensively, scoring 113.3 ppg to Mavs’ 109.1, while Mavericks are better defensively, allowing 108.6 ppg to Blazers’ 110.3. Blazers have better percentages both in field goals (46.4% to 45%) and in 3-pointers (36.3% to 34.8%). They are better both in boards grabbed (47.6 to 46.1) and in turnovers committed (13.6 to 14.7), while both teams are almost equal in dimes made (22.9 to 22.7). Blazers are the favorite in this game and Vegas odds give them a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a Mavericks team that will focus on rebuilding for the remainder of the season.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -2.5 (-109)
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