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Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors Odds
Dallas travels to Toronto on Friday, hoping to boost its 11-11 mark with a victory over the Raptors.
The Raptors sport records of 4-19 and 10-13 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Mavericks sit at 11-11 and 11-11 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-11 for the Raptors and 13-9 for the Mavericks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
For bettors going with the Raptors in this one, they were listed earlier as 5.5-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 192.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 28-rated Raptors and the No. 23-rated Mavericks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 99-93 win for the Mavericks on Friday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Toronto's No. 20-ranked offense (95.2 PPG) against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 26 at 101.3 PPG. The Raptors have averaged 42.5% from the field per game, less than the Mavericks have managed so far this season (45.4% on average).
Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 24-rated defense on the road, giving up 103.3 points per game. Toronto, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the league in scoring at home.
Dallas was a 117-115 loser in its last match on the road against the Celtics. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 232 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Dallas got 24 points from O.J. Mayo but lost anyway 117-115 against the Celtics on Wednesday at TD Garden.
The Raptors were a 94-88 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Nets. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (182) made winners of UNDER bettors. Ed Davis poured in 24 points and chipped in with 12 rebounds in a losing cause for Toronto on Wednesday, as the Nets rolled to a 94-88 victory over Toronto at Air Canada Centre.
Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 8-2
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Brooklyn are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9
A few Mavericks at Raptors trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Dallas is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games
Dallas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing at home against Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Toronto's last 15 games at home
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Toronto is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Dallas
Dallas at Minnesota, Saturday, December 15
Toronto home to Houston, Sunday, December 16