Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers betting tips and predictions for Monday’s game in the NBA. Losers of 4 games in their last 5 outings, the Dallas Mavericks look to turn things around as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Not having Luka Doncic on Christmas Day was a big blow for Dallas as they lost 120-116 at Utah. They did cover the spread as they came into that game as 12.5 point underdogs, however that won’t mean much to their fans who are disappointed with a 15-17 record and only the 8th seed in the West at the moment. Kristaps Porzingis and Jalen Brunson both had 27 points in the loss, but outside of them nobody else stepped up. A total of 6 players still remain out due to health and safety protocols, so once again the Mavs will have to dig deep into their reserves to fill up the roster. When it comes to playing Portland, they’ve actually done quite well in the last 12 games covering 8 times. In general on the road this team does a solid job, bettors have enjoyed a 8-3 ATS run in their last 11 away from home.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland has similar issues injury wise, with 5 players out in health and safety protocols and C.J. McCollum recovering from a ruptured lung injury. Thankfully though their best player Damian Lillard is back and playing like his old self. In his last 6 games he is averaging 31.7 points per game and in 2 of his last 3 outings he has dropped 39 on the Pelicans and 43 on the Hornets. Sadly for Portland those performances haven’t resulted in as many wins as they would have liked. They are just 2-8 SU in the last 10 games and have covered in just 4 of the last 14 games. This team is still searching for it’s identity under new head coach Chauncey Billups. In their last 11 games vs West teams they have only 1 win.
Portland is the more rested team here, they’ve not played in 6 days, while the Mavs had 2 games during that stretch. Porzingis is banged up, Doncic is missing, I just don’t see how they can hang around with the firepower that the Blazers have. Give me Dame and co. to cover here.
Portland Trail Blazers – Dallas Mavericks Predictions & Odds
Portland +1.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
Bettors have made a lot of money while backing the over in head-to-head meetings between these two sides. In the last 10 meetings that bet has cashed 8 times with the two teams averaging a staggering 238.8 points per game. The 3 most recent meetings have produced 2 overs and 235.6 points per game, so you have a general feeling where I’m going with this. Although the Mavs play the slowest tempo in the NBA right now, in their last 4 of 5 games both teams have gone over 100 points easily. Their game at Utah produced 236 points despite Luka Doncic sitting out. Portland is a team that doesn’t really care much about defending, they are the Brooklyn Nets of the Western Conference. Teams are scoring 111 points per game against them this season, even a banged up Dallas team will be capable of getting to that average in my opinion. I think the tradition continues here and we see another high scoring game. Back the over.
Over 217.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365