The Portland Trail Blazers (9-23) travel to face off against the Dallas Mavericks (19-15) on Wednesday, January 3rd. This game will be played at American Airlines Center. Both the Trail Blazers and Mavericks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 ET.
Trail Blazers vs Mavericks
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Trail Blazers lost to the Suns with a final score of 109-88. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Trail Blazers failed to cover the spread as +9 point underdogs. As for the over/under, the combined score of 197 points didn’t reach the over/under line of 229.
Coming into today’s game, the Trail Blazers have an overall record of 9-23 and have gone 2-3 in their last five games. In the Western Conference, they are currently in 14th place and are 5th in the Northwest division.
Portland arrives with an ATS record of 15-17 for the season up to this point. This season, Portland has a 1-3 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 14-14 when playing as underdogs.
The Mavericks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Mavericks’ most recent game versus the Jazz saw Luka Doncic lead the Mavericks with 19 points while shooting 6/20 from the field. Jaden Hardy finished 2nd on the team with 17 points, but Dallas ended the game with a 127-90 loss.
When it comes to away games, the Mavericks have gone 11-8 this season and are 8-7 at home. Overall, they are 19-15 and are looking to add to their above .500 record vs. the Trail Blazers.
Against the spread, Dallas have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 18-16 ATS. As the favorite this season, Dallas is 13-8 vs. the spread while going 5-8 as the underdog.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Portland offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 108.8 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 98.3 per contest. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Portland is just 26th in shots made inside the arc.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
The Mavericks come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 118.3 points per game (7th). The Mavericks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.3 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Dallas is ranked 2nd in fewest turnovers per game.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
At present, the Trail Blazers’ defense is ranked 17th, allowing 115.0 points per game. Opponents are hitting 58.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 32.8% of their three-point attempts.
Mavericks Team Defense
On defense, the Mavericks are ranked 23rd in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 64.7% of their games. Opponents are hitting 55.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.8% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Mavericks
In today’s game, our projections have Anfernee Simons leading the Trail Blazers with 21 points on 8/16 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 27.1 points per game, along with 3.1 rebounds.
On the other side, Luka Doncic is our projected leading scorer for the Mavericks. We have him ending the game with a team-high 31 and grabbing 8 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 48.4%, and he is contributing 33.4 points per game on average.
Trail Blazers vs Mavericks Trends
- Across the Trail Blazers last three road games, the team averaged 107 points per game while allowing 122. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-2, while going 0-3 straight-up.
- In their last three home games, Dallas has averaged 110 points per game while allowing 122. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
- Going back to their last three games as the underdog, the Trail Blazers have a straight up record of 1-2. But, their mark vs the spread was just 1-2.
- The last three games that Dallas was favored, they have an ATS mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
Not only do we have the Mavericks winning this one by a score of 113-101, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Mavericks at -11.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 234.5 and given that our model is projecting 214 points between the teams, we like the under.
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