The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to dominate the Portland Trail Blazers once again on Tuesday night after they cruised to an ATS victory over them in their first meeting of the season.
Dallas trounced Portland 114-91 as a 4-point home favorite back on November 5, improving them to 4-1 SU but just 2-3 ATS over the past five meetings between the teams. The OVER/UNDER went 4-1 for totals bettors on the NBA lines in those five matchups.
The Trail Blazers bring a 22-22 record (20-22-2 ATS) to the battle against the 19-25 Mavericks, who are 24-20 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Portland go 20-24 so far and the Mavericks go 27-16-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Mavericks were listed as 3-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 200 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 20 (Trail Blazers) and the No. 22 (Mavericks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 98-97 result in favor of the Trail Blazers is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Portland's No. 15-ranked offense (96.9 PPG) against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 29 at 103 PPG. The Trail Blazers have averaged 43.8% from the field per game, less than the Mavericks have managed so far this season (45.2% on average).
Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, giving up 104.8 points per game. Portland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 15 in the league in scoring at home.
The Mavericks were a 110-95 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Suns. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score (205) made winners of OVER bettors. Dallas got 18 points from Dirk Nowitzki en route to a 110-95 victory over Phoenix on Sunday at American Airlines Center.
Last time out for Portland, they were a 96-83 loser as they battled the Clippers on the road. The Trail Blazers failed to cover in the match as a 10-point underdog, while 179 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 96-83 against Los Angeles in NBA action at STAPLES Center.
Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Golden State are 4-6
After playing Phoenix are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Utah are 4-6
After playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5
A few Mavericks at Trail Blazers trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Portland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Portland
Dallas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing Dallas
Portland is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 7 games at home
Portland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Dallas
Dallas at Golden State, Thursday, January 31
Portland at Utah, Friday, February 1