Portland Trail Blazer vs. Dallas Mavericks Matchup Preview
Another crucial game for the Trail Blazers and they won’t have the luxury of Dallas resting their stars tonight. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are both back after a well-deserved rest. Dallas has played quite a few more minutes given the overtime games and has been locked into the playoffs already. For Portland, every game is do or die at this point. San Antonio and now Phoenix are both in the hunt as all three are chasing down Memphis. The Grizzlies will take on the Celtics tonight. This should be a barn burner of a game as the total is set at 240 and the Blazers are favored by just two points.
Time: 6:30 PM ET
Arena: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, FL
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Trail Blazers Starting 5
Trail Blazers Analysis
Portland getting Jusuf Nurkic back is going to be big in these games. As well as Hassan Whiteside did filling in, Nurkic has a clear edge on both sides of the court. Damian Lillard of course is the man who makes this team go. He has averaged over 30 points since the break and has gotten help from Gary Trent’s hot three point shooting. CJ McCollum has been the quiet one, although he is still chipping in offensively. Slowing down Porzingis and Doncic will be a tough task but limiting one of them gives them a great chance to win this game tonight. Another key area will be rebounding. Dallas does have the edge there.
Mavericks Starting 5
Dallas is a team that continues to produce monster numbers on the offensive side. They have averaged 117 points this season and are one of the top shooting teams in basketball. Defensively this team has held opposing teams to 111 points so the shootout style games is what we should expect tonight. The matchup with the backcourt is going to be interesting as Seth Curry is out leaving some lesser names to play fill-in minutes. Dallas has the edge in the rebounding where Portland has the ability to get in the paint and block shots. Both teams do not turn the ball over much which is somewhat of a surprise given the pace of both teams.
Trail Blazers vs Mavericks Fantasy Basketball Angle
Damian Lillard remains the top option for the Portland Trail Blazers and he has feasted in fantasy against Dallas this season. He has averaged 56 fantasy points in the three meetings. Gary Trent Jr offers up some value as he has been red hot from three since the restart. Jusuf Nurkic is in play as well. Shifting over to the Dallas side, we can easily point towards their big names. Luka Doncic is back and Kristaps Porzingis is as well. Both are high upside options to consider. In terms of value there isn’t a ton I like on the Dallas side. Tim Hardaway Jr remains a value GPP pick but relies solely on shooting to make up most of his points.
Trail Blazers vs Mavericks Betting Odds
Trail Blazers Odds: -135
Mavericks Odds: +115
Spread: POR -2.5
Dallas has taken two of the last three from Portland but those games would be without Jusuf Nurkic. The average score has been 124-119 and the over has smashed in the first three meetings. It is at 240 tonight which is extremely high. Given the offensive efficiency of Dallas and then the backcourt of Portland, it is no surprise. Portland has struggled against a Philadelphia team without Embiid and Simmons and lost to a resting Clippers team as well. Not ideal. Dallas is worth a look as an upset pick or at least to cover given it should be a rather close game.
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