Dallas Remains in Portland for Second Straight Contest
The Dallas Mavericks will be wrapping up their five-game road-stretch on Sunday with a rare back-to-back set in Portland. They played and lost in Portland on Saturday night, and will now stick around to play another game on Sunday.
Those who bet online have seen the Mavs lose three out of their last four matchups, including a double-digit loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
As for the Blazers, they snapped a five-game losing streak after taking down Dallas. Which slumping squad is the best option versus the NBA betting odds? Let’s take a closer look.
Let’s check the latest NBA odds, stats, injury report and NBA lines for Mavericks vs Trail Blazers. We’ve plenty of NBA betting odds for you to consider.
Mavericks Missing Depth
When taking the Mavs with our NBA picks, we usually know what we are going to be getting out of Luka Doncic. In fact, opposing teams usually just try to game plan to hold him under 40-50 points in a single game.
Portland did a pretty good job of things on Saturday as Doncic had just 15 points. He was seven-of-19 from the field and it’s pretty clear that the rest of the team can’t do enough if he has night’s like this.
On top of that, the Mavs depth has really been sapped by injuries. Christian Wood, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, and Maxi Kleber are all either unexpected or ruled out to play in this game.
All of them except Hardaway missed their previous matchup on Saturday but keep in mind that he left with an ankle injury. Missing this much depth places even more of the stress on Doncic’s shoulders, and he’s already had a lot even with them healthy.
Trail Blazers Offense Led by Their Star
Similar to how the Mavericks’ offense can only function efficiently with Doncic out there, the Blazers‘ offense isn’t the same without Damian Lillard.
With Lillard available, the Blazers look like a completely different team. He’s currently averaging 28.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game heading into this second consecutive game against Dallas.
He’s also gotten tremendous help from his new backcourt mate Anfernee Simons as he averages 22.0 points per game in an increased role.
However, this team is still several bricks short of a load. They’re competitive but aren’t anything impressive. They’re 20-22 on the season and just 10-8 at home.
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Mavericks vs Trail Blazers Head-to-Head
These teams have met three times already. Dallas won the first two matchups handily before losing the third game on Saturday night by double digits.
Mavericks vs Trail Blazers Game Information
- Game: Mavericks (24-20) vs Trail Blazers (20-22)
- Location: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
- Day/Time: Sunday, January 15, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Mavericks vs Trail Blazers Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Mavericks vs Trail Blazers Picks & Prediction
Despite Dallas missing a good chunk of players in the rotation, it feels like they can bounce back here. The Mavs lost on Saturday and they’re now just 8-14 on the road, but considering this is such a quick turnaround in the same venue, it feels like they can play better.
At the same time, keep an eye on the injury report. If Christian Wood is back for the Mavs, it should give them the extra pop they were missing on Saturday night.
If he’s out and the Mavs depth is still out, Portland is the play.
Portland is listed at -230 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Trail Blazers, you have a chance to win $43. Dallas is +190, offering a chance to win $190 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Mavericks a 34.48% chance to win, with the Trail Blazers at 69.70%.
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Mavericks vs Trail Blazers Previous Game (Nov 12, 2022)
Western Conference rivals are set to meet on Saturday night when the Portland Trail Blazers face the Dallas Mavericks.
Dallas comes into this game with a 24-19 record, but can’t seem to find any consistency. The Mavericks have lost three of their last five games after a great stretch of basketball.
Portland has lost five straight games and hasn’t been able to figure it out. The Trail Blazers are now 19-22 and are heading in the wrong direction in the playoff race.
The NBA betting lines for this game have the Portland Trail Blazers as 1½-point betting favorites at home.