Online sportsbooks have made it clear we shouldn’t expect a tight game on Wednesday, March 20 at Moda Center as the Trail Blazers opened as 10.0 point favorites against the Mavericks. Tip off is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. EST.
Dallas comes into this game with the league’s 18th-ranked defensive rating. They’re giving up 109.9 points per contest and are 14th in field goals allowed and 13th in threes allowed. Offensively, they’re averaging 108.2 points and are 19th in rebounds and 24th in assists.
Leading the charge is Luka Doncic, who is averaging 21.1 points per contest on 40.0% shooting.
On the flip side, Portland has the league’s 5th-ranked offensive rating. The Trail Blazers are averaging 113.9 points per game on 44.0% shooting and are third in rebounds and 25th in assists.
They’ve been paced this season by Damian Lillard, who is tops on the Trail Blazers with 26.2 points per game on 43.0% shooting, and CJ McCollum, who is chipping in 21.3 points per game. The Mavericks will have their hands full with both players tonight.
The Trail Blazers are giving up 110.3 points per game at the other end of the court and are 13th in field goals allowed and 16th in three-pointers surrendered. They’re letting opponents shoot 46.0% from the floor and 36.0% from downtown.
These two teams have met three times in 2018-19, with the Mavericks winning on two occasions. The last time they faced off on February 10th, 2019, Dallas won 102- 101 behind 28 points from Luka Doncic.
The Mavericks are fresh off a 125-129 loss against the Pelicans in Dallas in which they dished out 27 assists and had nine swipes. Luka Doncic torched the Pelicans for 29 points. The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, are hot on the heels of a 98-106 win vs the Pacers in Indiana in which they shot 13 for 32 from deep and won the war on the glass 49-46.
Overall, the Mavericks have won two of their last ten games and are 14th in the Western Conference, while the Trail Blazers have lost four of their last ten and are fourth in the Western Conference.
The 10.0-point spread isn’t the only angle you can take advantage of. Sportsbooks have also set a generous over/under total of 218. Bear in mind that Dallas is 38-30-2 against the spread this season and 32-38-0 over/under, compared to 40-30-0 ATS and 37-33-0 over/under for Portland.
Feeling intrigued? Tip off for tonight’s game is soon!