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Thursday Game 6 NBA Betting

The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers are both in must-win situations tonight as they head into Game 6 of their opening-round playoff series down 3-2.

Dallas stayed alive with a win over San Antonio in Game 5. At home as a 5-point favorite at Bovada the Mavericks crushed the Spurs 103-83. Caron Butler finally woke up and netted a game-high 35 points to go with 11 rebounds to lead Dallas to the win. In his last three games in the series Butler had scored only 36 points combined, and his lack of production was a big part of the Mavs losing all three games.

Also in Game 5, Dirk Nowitzki chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds and Jason Kidd had 10 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Brendan Haywood also had a breakout game with eight points, eight rebounds, and four blocks, as well as a strong defensive effort to get Spurs big man Tim Duncan off his game.

Duncan had only 11 points and six rebounds, but he wasn’t the only big name Spurs player to struggle in the loss. Tony Parker led the Spurs despite scoring only 18 points, and Manu Ginobili had only seven points.

The Spurs have won three of their last four home games against Dallas and they’re a 3.5-point favorite in tonight’s game.

Phoenix took a 3-2 series lead on Portland in Game 5 after a scoring binge from their second-stringers. The Suns defeated the Blazers 107-88 as a 7.5-point favorite after big games from Channing Frye and Jared Dudley. Frye had only scored 26 points in the first four games of the series, but in Game 5 he led Phoenix with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds. Dudley also elevated his game with 19 points after netting only 13 points in the first four games.

Amare Stoudemire also had 19 points for Phoenix, while Steve Nash had 14 points and 10 assists. Phoenix dominated the glass in the win, out-rebounding Portland 41-29.

Brandon Roy came off the bench for Portland for the second straight game, but he wasn’t able to have the same impact he had in Game 4. Due to foul trouble Roy played only 19 minutes and scored five points.

Andre Miller led Portland with 21 points, while Jerryd Bayless and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 17 points. Aldridge’s numbers were especially disappointing, down from the 31 points and 11 rebounds he had in Game 4.

The Blazers are a slim 1-point favorite in tonight’s matchup.