Check out our free Mavericks vs Trail Blazers pick and preview for this NBA game in Portland. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Mavericks vs Trail Blazers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers
- Where: Portland at Moda Center
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds POR -1.5, DAL +104 | POR -126 O/U 228.5
So far, the Mavericks have put together an overall record of 24-19, while going 15-26-2 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Dallas has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
The Mavericks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Lakers by a score of 119-115. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Dallas benefited from holding a substantial first half lead, as the Lakers actually outscored the Mavericks in the second half. Leading the team in scoring was Luka Doncic, as he contributed 35 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
So far, the Trail Blazers have put together an overall record of 19-22, while going 22-19-0 vs the spread. Today, the Trail Blazers will be looking to snap a 5 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -7.4 points per contest.
Not only did the Trail Blazers drop their last game to the Cavaliers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 119-113 as 1 point underdogs. Portland went on to lose the game despite leading by 7 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Damian Lillard, as he contributed 50 points while hitting 57.1% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Mavericks averaged 130.67 points per game vs Portland, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Mavericks saw a boost in scoring, the Trail Blazers averaged 102.33 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Dallas. This figure was similar to season-long average. In terms of betting, Dallas has an ATS record of 4-1 in the previous 5 matchups vs Portland. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +22 points per game in favor of the Mavericks. Over the course of these games, they averaged 232 points per game, leading a 4-1 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Dallas offense is ranked 20th in the NBA in scoring at 112.3 points per game. So far, the Mavericks are averaging 96.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 30th in fields goals made per contest.
So far, the Mavericks have played well defensively, as they are ranked 2nd in the league at 104.72 points per contest.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Christian Wood who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 18.2 points per game. At the time of this article, Wood is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 4th on the team in usage rate and is 60th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Dallas benefit from having both of their top scorers as Luka Doncic leads the team and is 1st in the league in scoring (34.3). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 4th in points allowed to point-guards.
This season, the Portland offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 112.1 points per game. One area that the Portland offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 19.4 made free-throws per contest. If the Trail Blazers offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.6 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Defensively, Portland has had its problems giving up an average of 115.11 points per game (27th).
This season, the Trail Blazers offense has primarily worked through Anfernee Simons and Jerami Grant who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 39 games, Simons is 30th in the NBA at 22.0 points per game. So far, him and Grant have accounted for 39% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 43.9 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jerami Grant is grabbing 4.3 rebounds for Portland to go along with 2.5 assists.
Mavericks vs Trail Blazers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Trail Blazers -1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 228.5
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