The Dallas Mavericks will act as the home team when they take on the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday night at 6:30 pm EST at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. And while both of these squads enter this contest winners of two of their last three games, neither have been able to garner any long-term momentum since restarting their season in late July. Currently, the Mavericks sit comfortably in seventh place while being two games behind the sixth seeded Utah Jazz in the Western Conference. The Trailblazers, on the other hand, are slightly on the outside looking in as they sit in ninth place in the conference while being only a half-game behind the slumping Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot.
Mavericks play yet another overtime contestDallas was able to rebound from a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last Thursday by taking out a solid Milwaukee Bucks team in overtime on Saturday night. The Mavericks were able to erase a nine-point halftime deficit to rally in the second half thanks to yet another unbelievable night from the floor by Luca Doncic, who led the team with thirty-six points, fourteen boards, along with nineteen assists in addition to the game winner. Kristaps Porzingis had a poor shooting night (9-24 FG, 1-6 3FG), yet had a double-double with twenty-six points and eleven boards while Dorian Finney-Smith rounded out the scoring for the Mavericks with twenty-seven points along with eleven rebounds (6 treys). However, it is uncertain whether Doncic and Porzingis will suit up for their matchup versus the Trailblazers as they were each ruled out of Monday’s matchup versus the Utah Jazz with knee and ankle injuries.
If their stars are not able to go, Finney-Smith will certainly be relied upon to provide an offensive spark for the third ranked scoring team in the NBA. However, it is uncertain where the remainder of the scoring will come from as guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. continues to struggle from the floor in posting single digit scoring games in three of the last four games for Dallas. The Mavericks will certainly need a scoring punch versus a Portland team that is no stranger to lighting up the scoreboard in posting one-hundred fourteen points per game, good for seventh in the NBA. In fact, the Trailblazers have posted one-hundred and seventeen points in five of their six contests since the restart. This could certainly cause issues for a Dallas team that is allowing an average of around one-hundred and twenty-six points since restarting.
Lillard on fire versus SixersThe Trailblazers are certainly clicking on all cylinders on the offensive end with Damian Lillardincreasing his scoring average after a fifty-one point performance in their most recent matchup versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. Also, C.J. McCollum along with Carmelo Anthony combined for thirty-six points while hitting six three-pointers in the slim, three-point victory. However, the Trailblazers will definitely need to put in a much-better defensive effort versus a Dallas team that continues to illustrate that they have the ability to score in bunches. Versus the 76ers, Portland allowed 48% shooting while Philadelphia connected on a total of fourteen treys for the contest. In fact, Portland’s last three opponents have posted one-hundred and fifteen points or better, resulting in a 2-1 record.
"In these types of situations the most important thing is... 𝗡𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗙𝗢𝗟𝗗."— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) July 29, 2020
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Portland has dropped two of the last three matchups versus the Mavericks (winless in last two games). Most importantly, Dallas has averaged one-hundred and twenty-six points during these contests compared to one-hundred and twenty points for the Trailblazers. Lillard hit for forty-seven points in the Trailblazers most recent matchup versus the Mavericks in January while connecting on eight three pointers. On the other hand, the Trailblazers were non-effective on defense as Dallas shot over 50% from the floor as a team while hitting a whopping twenty-two three pointers in the eight point victory(Doncic finished with 27 points).
Stats & Trends
- Trailblazers are 5-1-1 ATS in last 7 games
- Trailblazers are 5-2 SU in last 7 games
- Trailblazer are 7-1 in last 8 meetings versus Mavericks
- Mavericks are 3-5 in last 8 meetings versus Trailblazers
- Mavericks are 1-7 ATS in last 8 meetings versus Trailblazers
- Mavericks are 2-6 ATS in last 8 games
I will side with the Trailblazers in this contest, particularly coming off such an offensive outburst versus the 76ers. Besides, it is unknown whether Doncic or Porzingis will suit up for the Mavericks in this contest, thus leaving Dallas without any semblance of a consistent scorer. Lillard lit up the Mavericks in January and will have yet another dominant offensive night versus a Mavericks team that they have dominated in recent matchups. Look for the Trailblazers to cover in this instance.