The Mavs play the Blazers in their second of five-straight road games. They are coming from a four-point loss against the Jazz. and will try to avoid a three-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Blazers slowed down after ending a two-game winning streak following a 111-97 loss to the Pelicans last week.
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Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers Game Information
- When: Monday, December 27, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: 97.1 The Eagle (Mavericks) / Rip City Radio 620 (Trail Blazers)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Dallas Mavericks?
The Mavs lost their two previous home games and seek to recover from this slump. Their most recent loss happened in the hands of the Jazz. They kept things close up until the final quarter but eventually fell five points short of a win.
In their last three wins, the Mavs produced double-digit leads by the end of the game. Meanwhile, the team kept things close in their last two losses and were no more than seven points behind their opponents. That said, the side can keep things competitive despite winning one of their last four games.
The Mavericks average 104.8 points (26th) on 44.3% shooting. They are not the best three-point shooting team with a 32.5% average from downtown (26th). However, the team does have solid numbers from the shorter range. As a team, they hit 53.3% (eighth) of two-point shots.
Kristaps Porzingis has a lot riding on his shoulders. The forward is currently the second-best scorer in the team with 19.7 points per game. He is also right behind Doncic in rebounds at 7.9 per game and leads the team in blocks with 1.61 per game. Meanwhile, Jalen Brunson, Dwight Powell, and Frank Ntilikina are expected to start the game as the starters remain out due to injury.
Why Bet on the Portland Trail Blazers?
The Blazers had a better week with two wins in four games. Their game against the Nets was postponed due to COVID and the league protocol. The hosts get an extra day of rest and gear up to face the Mavs. This will be their first of three regular-season meetings and the Blazers enter the court as favorites.
The hosts have offensive statistics that can rattle the Mavs. They currently average 108.1 points (15th) per game on 45.2% shooting (18th). The squad also averages 35.3% from downtown (14th). However, this might not be relevant without two of the team’s best shooters. Damian Lillard is on the questionable list due to personal reasons. Meanwhile, CJ McCollum is still out after sustaining a collapsed lung.
Defensively, the Blazers allow 111.0 points (26th) per game. They are not the best rebounding team with 51.4 boards (26th) per game average. This is about to take a hit as Jusuf Nurkic is also out for the game, with second-choice center Cody Zeller also recovering from injury. This leaves Larry Nance Jr. with more responsibility. Additionally, we expect Anfernee Simons, Tony Snell to log more playing time now that multiple starters are sidelined.
Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers Betting Trends
- The Mavs are 2-2 in their last four regular-season road games against the Blazers (4-1 ATS).
- The Mavs are 4-3 in their last seven regular-season road games (5-2 ATS).
- The totals went over in seven of the Mavs’ last ten regular-season road games against the Blazers.
- The Blazers are 4-6 in their last ten regular-season games at the Moda Center (3-7 ATS).
- The Blazers are 4-2 in their last six regular-season home games against the Mavs (2-4 ATS).
- The totals went under once in the Blazers’ last three regular-season games against the Mavs.
Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers Expert Betting Prediction
A handful of starters will potentially miss the game. This only means that the scoreline might be tighter than we expect it to be. The Mavs are without Doncic and two key starters, while the Blazers lose the Lillard and McCollum duo. However, if Damian Lillard miraculously starts, this is bad news for the visitors. They are left without two of their best guards, putting more pressure on second-choice point guard Jalen Brunson. Nevertheless, covering the spread is still doable for the visitors. A win remains within reach if they play their cards right this time.
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