The Dallas Mavericks (12-8) travel to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers (6-14) on Friday, December 8th. This game will be played at Moda Center in Moda Center and televised on ROOT. The Mavericks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Trail Blazers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jazz. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Mavericks vs Trail Blazers
The Mavericks Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Mavericks bested the Jazz with a score of 147-97. The start of the second half saw the Mavericks in the lead, at 74-51.
Against Western Conference teams, the Mavericks are 7-6 and are 5-2 in non-conference games. In their last three games, the Mavericks are 1-2 and have an overall record of 12-8.
Dallas has an overall ATS record of 10-10 as they come into today’s game. As the favorite this season, Dallas is 9-6 vs. the spread while going 1-4 as the underdog.
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Trail Blazers conveyed a message to the Warriors with a score of 110-106. Despite losin the game straight-up, the Trail Blazers did cover the spread as +12.5 point underdogs. As for the over/under, the combined score of 216 points didn’t reach the over/under line of 225.5.
Overall, the Trail Blazers have gone 6-14 this season and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. At home, they are 2-5 compared to 4-9 on the road.
Portland has an overall ATS record of 10-10 for the season so far. When playing on the road, the Trail Blazers hold an ATS record of 8-5 in contrast to a 2-5 record against the spread when playing at home.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Dallas is averaging 119.7 points per contest. This figure places them 5th in the league. In terms of pace, the Mavericks are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 99.8 possessions per game. So far, the team has been able to rank well on offense, even though their up-tempo style of play has not translated into inside scoring. Currently, Dallas is just 28th in 2-point field goal makes per game.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Portland offense is ranked 30th in the NBA in scoring at 105.2 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.2 per contest. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 30th in the league in field goal percentage 30th%.
Mavericks Team Defense
Currently, the Mavericks’ defense holds the 21st rank in the NBA, allowing 117.0 points per game.
Most recently, the Mavericks’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 97 points to the Jazz.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Trail Blazers’ defense is giving up an average of 111.8 points per contest.
Inside the arc, the Trail Blazers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 56.6% and 32.8% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Mavericks And Trail Blazers
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Luka Doncic will be the primary scorer for the Mavericks, with 20 points and going 7/15 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 31.8 points per game, along with 8.5 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Anfernee Simons to be the top scorer for the Trail Blazers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 16, and he is expected to secure 2 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 39%, and he is contributing 23 points per game on average.
Mavericks vs Trail Blazers Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Mavericks have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 6-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 117 points per game in these contests.
- In their last three home games, Portland has averaged 107 points per game while allowing 107. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Trail Blazers have a straight up record of 3-7. Their record vs the spread in these games was 5-5.
- The Mavericks have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 2-1 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
Not only do we have the Mavericks winning this one by a score of 115-99, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Mavericks at -7.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 228.5 and given that our model is projecting 214 points between the teams, we like the under.
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