coleryan Posts:11962 Followers:19
On 01/18/2014 09:17 AM in NBA

NBA Spotlight Game: Portland vs. Dallas

Okay I am going to try this again. I am going to pick one game and throughout the day I am going to add information and other stuff I find on this one game.

What I ask is if anyone has a pick on the game or any comments, info, etc just add it in this thread so we can pick a big winner!

My updated Record:
One unit Picks: 10-10, -1.00
BEST BETS: 4-5, -3.00
Overall NBA Record: 14-15, -4.00

Hopefully the winner in this game can get me back to .500.

Cole

coleryan Posts:11962 Followers:19
01/18/2014 09:20 AM

I will start with the basic preview---a few things stand out

Coming off one of their biggest road wins of the season, the Portland Trail Blazers now shift their focus to winning in a building that has yielded them a .158 winning percentage over the last decade.

The Northwest Division-leading Blazers head to Dallas on Saturday night trying to win at American Airlines Center for only the fourth time in 20 tries dating to the start of the 2003-04 season.

Their 3-16 road mark against the Mavericks in that time is worse than any opponent other than Denver (2-18) and Phoenix (3-17). Portland has averaged 89.4 points in those 19 visits - their worst road scoring average against a Western Conference team in that time.

Terry Stotts' squad will surely prefer to focus on the present, though, after they won 109-100 at San Antonio on Friday to extend their win streak to four and get within a half-game of the conference-leading Spurs.

"To beat the best team in the West on their floor - that sticks out," Stotts said. "We showed a lot of resolve at both ends of the floor."

The Blazers (30-9) are now three victories shy of matching their 33 wins from last season, Stotts' first in Portland.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews scored 24 on 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point range Friday. Aldridge is averaging 28.8 points and 13.3 rebounds during the streak and said the win didn't feel like a regular-season game.

"This was like a playoff road game," he said. "They got some calls down the stretch and we played tough down the stretch. This is good experience for us going forward."

Portland, leading the NBA with 109.1 points per game, has been as consistent as it gets offensively during the surge, scoring no fewer than 108 points and no more than 112.

The Blazers matched their best free-throw shooting night of the season against the Spurs, going 19 for 20 to boost their league-best mark to 82.3 percent.

The stop in Dallas is their second on a four-game trip that could be their toughest of the season. Portland also plays at Houston on Monday and Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Dallas (24-17) has enjoyed a successful stretch of its own lately, winning four of five after Friday's 110-107 victory at Phoenix. The Mavericks have shot 51.0 percent overall, 45.0 percent from 3-point range and averaged 112.2 points in that time.

Monta Ellis led the way with 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 21 and rookie reserve Shane Larkin had a career-high 18 in increased playing time after starting point guard Jose Calderon went to the bench with a knee contusion.

"That's why we drafted him," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We felt like he could have this kind of impact."

The team's other point guard, Devin Harris, could make his season debut against the Blazers after missing 39 games while recovering from foot surgery.

Dallas is after its fourth straight win overall against the Blazers and a 2-0 advantage in the season series after a 108-106 win in Portland on Dec. 7. Damian Lillard scored 32 for the Blazers, while Nowitzki had 30 for the Mavs.

coleryan Posts:11962 Followers:19
01/18/2014 10:06 AM


The Portland Trail Blazers knocked off one corner of the Texas triangle on Friday and attempt to make it two in a row when they visit the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. The Trail Blazers are winners of four straight after a 109-100 triumph at San Antonio and will hit all three Texas teams along with Oklahoma City on their four-game road trip. The Mavericks are averaging 112.2 points while winning four of five and have taken three straight at home.

Dallas got a big lift from rookie Shane Larkin in Friday’s 110-107 win over the Phoenix Suns and will look to the speedy guard if the Blazers push the pace. “(Larkin) was awesome,” Dirk Nowitzki told reporters after the win over the Suns. “We needed everything out of him tonight. I think it was his kind of game, an up-and-down game, and he was phenomenal.” Starting point guard Jose Calderon banged a knee in that game and is day-to-day, which could mean Larkin getting a bigger chance to run against Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews in Portland’s backcourt.

coleryan Posts:11962 Followers:19
01/18/2014 02:15 PM

Not one person in this forum is making a play on this game?? Come on kids....let's hear what you got to say

coleryan Posts:11962 Followers:19
01/18/2014 02:39 PM

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (30-9): LaMarcus Aldridge put up his third straight double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds on Friday and combined with Matthews to close out the Spurs in the fourth quarter. The All-Star forward has scored at least 21 points in each of the last six games, opening things up for Lillard, Matthews and Nicolas Batum on the outside. “We have confident shooters,” coach Terry Stotts said. “Whomever it is - Damian, Wesley, Mo (Williams), (Aldridge), (Batum) - we have a lot of guys who are very good shooters and feel confident when the ball is in their hands.” Matthews went 6-of-7 from beyond the arc in Friday’s win.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (24-17): Dallas managed to grab a 108-106 win at Portland on Dec. 7 on Monta Ellis’ game-winning jumper and is heading back up the standings after a stretch of three losses in four games. The Mavericks have turned it around since and are ready to pour more onto Larkin’s plate after the rookie stepped up with 18 points and five assists off the bench on Friday. “Devin (Harris)’s not back, Gal (Mekel) had surgery and Jose said he’s hurting,” Larkin explained to reporters. “So I was like, ‘I’ve just got to go play now. I mean, I’m not coming out, so just go out there and do you.’”