Betting on today’s Trail Blazers and Mavericks game? Catch the action at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, as the Mavericks hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on BSSW. This Western conference matchup has an over/under of 234.5 points, and the Mavericks are favored to win at home vs. the Trail Blazers.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS DALLAS MAVERICKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Dallas Mavericks -11
This game will be played at American Airlines Center at 8:30 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.
WHY BET THE DALLAS MAVERICKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 113-101 in favor of the Mavericks.
- Our projections have Luka Doncic finishing with Luka Doncic points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
- From the field, we have the Mavericks finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.5% and knocking down 17 threes.
Do the Trail Blazers Stand a Chance in Dallas?
As the Trail Blazers get ready to take on the Mavericks, they are 11-point underdogs and just 14th in the West at 9-23. Out of the 32 games, Portland has been the underdog 28 times this season.
Portland has really struggled on the road this season, going just 4-12. Their average scoring margin on the road is -6.9 points per game. The Blazers come into today’s game on a two-game ATS losing streak on the road.
Against teams from the Western Conference, the Blazers have gone 5-18 compared to 4-5 in non-conference games. For the season, Portland’s games have finished with an average of 223.8 points per game, and their average over/under line has been 226.1.
So far, Portland has an over/under record of 14-17-1. In their previous games with higher over/under lines than 234.5, their record is 1-2-0.
The Trail Blazers offense scored 88 points in their most recent game versus the Suns. They shot 41.2% from the field and connected on 8 three-pointers. Overall this season, the Trail Blazers have a field goal percentage of 43% and are 20th in free throws made. They are shooting 79% from the free-throw line.
So far, the Trail Blazers’ defense is ranked 17th in the league at 115.0 points per contest. Most recently, the Trail Blazers’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 109 points to the Suns.
Can the Mavericks Hold Strong at Home?
The Dallas Mavericks will host the Trail Blazers as the 11-point favorites. So far, Dallas is 19-15 and in 7th place in the Western Conference. Against other teams in the West, the Mavericks have gone 14-12 compared to 5-3 in non-conference games.
Coming into this game, Dallas has put together two straight losses both straight up and against the spread. The Mavs’ overall ATS record for the season is 18-16, and they have gone 8-7 straight up at home.
Out of their 34 games, Dallas has been the favorite 21 times and has a scoring margin of +4.7 points per game in those games. Overall, they have gone 15-6 as the favorite this season.
The over/under record in Dallas’ games is 21-13, and 16 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 234.5. For the season, the Mavericks have an average OU line of 234.5 and have gone 10-6 in games with higher OU lines than today’s line.
In their most recent game vs. the Jazz, the Mavericks scored 90 points while shooting 39.8% from the field. They made 11 three-pointers in the game. Luka Doncic was the leading scorer for the Mavericks with 19 points, followed by Jaden Hardy who had 17 points.
Coming into the game, the Mavericks will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 118.0 points per game (23rd). Opponents are hitting 55.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.8% of their three-point attempts.