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The Portland Trail Blazers will be looking to keep up their impressive recent run of form when they host another resurgent team in the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. The Mavs are coming off a quality blowout win over the Clippers.
Dallas make quick recovery against Clippers
The Mavericks were beaten 109-99 by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first of a back-to-back set. Then, the Mavs came storming back in the previous game 105-89 in the second game. They are now 21-18 for the season.
What was said?
“I’m not surprised at all at how we came out and stayed with it,” Carlisle said. “These guys have been in the playoffs. They have a very good idea what these types of games are like. The burning question is always where do you take it from here.”
According to AP, Dorian Finney-Smith was out because of the birth of his son earlier in the day. F James Johnson was missed a third consecutive game and will be out for both upcoming games in Portland. Johnson has to pass a series of COVID-19 tests before he can rejoin the team after going to Wyoming to attend to personal business. Hardaway scored 15 points.
🎥 @MaxiKleber postgame interview
“Everybody had to step up and we did that. We had a lot of energy, team rebounds and all that. It was not an individual performance, it was a team effort for sure.” pic.twitter.com/riCLvwjsdr
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) March 18, 2021
Portland now go level with Denver
The Trail Blazers have won three of their last four games to improve to 24-16 for the season. They are now tied with the Nuggets. They are coming off a 101-93 win against the New Orleans Pelicans.
What was said?
“I just think that we came out sharper defensively,” Lillard said. “We knew what we were capable of, and we put a solid defensive effort together and we were able to sustain it. We’ve had a couple opportunities to beat a team twice this season, and we haven’t been able to do it. I think we all understood that and had that in mind, and we defended. Start to finish.”
As reported by AP: Lillard has more than 16,000 points, joining Kevin Durant and LeBron James as the only players with as many points in their first nine NBA seasons. Stotts is one win away from his 500th career victory. The Blazers are 4-0 when they hold opponents to under 100 points.
A dime from RoCo
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 19, 2021
Trends as seen on covers.com are:
Portland Trail Blazers are:
5-2 ATS in their last 7 games when their starting 5 players combine for more than 160 minutes of the previous day.
7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog.
Dallas Mavericks are:
4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win.
6-15 ATS in their last 21 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
6-17 ATS in their last 23 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is a very surprising handicap. Sure, Doncic and Porzingis and the Mavs are a quality team against any opposition, but the Trail Blazers have been terrific this season, led by Lillard. That won’t change in this game. I would actually take a punt with Portland for outright match winner in this game. The Trail Blazers also have the benefit of good form and a better record, which could be influential factors down the stretch.
Want another opinion on this pick?
Full-Game Total Pick
These are two of the best offenses in the league, at least on paper. The Trail Blazers have managed an average of 115.1 points per game, sixth in the NBA, while the Mavericks have 111.4 points per game. Even though the sum of both those totals is only 226, this handicap will come down to the pace of play. Both these teams prefer the ball moving up and down the court rapidly, which will force the total over.