Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers

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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

Season form

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.

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Portland now go level with Denver

Season form

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.

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The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

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.

Prediction:
Portland +3

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

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.

Prediction:
Over 234