Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game at American Airlines Center. Losers of 3 games in 4 outings the Mavs look to end a 4-game losing streak by the Portland Trail Blazers as the two teams meet for the 2nd time this regular season. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
I know we are only in mid-December, but the Mavericks are in desperate need of wins right now after losing for the 3rd time in 4 games against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They managed just 90 points against the Cavs, far too low for a team that was in the Western Conference finals last season.
Luka Doncic did his bit with 30 points and 6 assists, but he just isn’t getting any quality help right now and there are already rumors about his unhappiness about that. Despite all that they are still 4-point favorites here, which is to be expected as they have been really solid at home winning 10 of their last 14 games. They also have a 117-112 win against the Blazers from earlier this season at that same building.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers are on a 3-game win streak right now, some of that is due to a softer schedule, but this team is showing some really promising signs as the season progresses. The most important thing for them is to stay healthy and right now there are a couple of rotation players out, but the main guys Lillard, Grant, Simons and Nurkic are all playing.
They are 4th in the West after 28 games played, I think if you asked them where they would place before the season started, not a lot of their players would say this high. Tonight’s game will be a big test, but this team has been battle tested on the road this season going 9-6 SU in 15 games played. On the road they’ve covered the spread 11 times, including in 5 straight games against Western Conference teams.
It’s not an easy game to predict, but I have to give a slight edge to the Blazers here. They are in better form and just the atmosphere around the team is a lot better than what is going on in Dallas. Take Portland to cover.
Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers Predictions & Odds
A total of 229 points was scored in the 1st meeting of the season, which is a lot when you consider how slow the Mavericks play in home games this season. Their last game against Cleveland saw just 195 points between the two teams, but I have a feeling tonight’s game will be a high scoring one.
The Blazers have been on a roll scoring 120 or more points in 4 straight games, they are one of the elite three-point shooting teams in the NBA and the Mavs could struggle defending the perimeter.
Dallas is usually known for it’s solid defense, but over their last 3 outings they’ve allowed an average of 121 points per game, which ranks in the bottom 10 of the NBA. If we look at head-to-head meetings, 8 of the last 10 have gone over with an average of 239 points scored during that stretch. I think backing the point is a no-brainer in tonight’s game, so let’s go with that.