Mavericks vs. Blazers Prediction
Will the Mavericks cover as a slight road underdog tonight when they visit the Blazers at 10:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Trail Blazers are now 4.5-point home favorites versus the Mavericks after the number hit the board at 5. As for the total, it opened at 208 but has been bet down a full two points to 206.
The Mavericks have won seven of their last 10 games and are 8-2 against the spread during that stretch as well. With their 113-95 win over the 76ers on Wednesday night, Dallas has now won three consecutive games, which includes wins over San Antonio and Cleveland. In their win over Philadelphia, Salah Mejri posted a career-high 17 rebounds while Seth Curry scored 22 points with six assists and four steals.
The Trail Blazers have split over their last 10 games, going 5-5 both on the hardwood and at the betting window. That said, they have covered the spread in four of their last five games, including in a 115-98 home win over the Hornets as a 4-point favorite. Damian Lillard scored 27 points to lead the Blazers to their win over Charlotte and he has now scored 20-plus points in all 10 career meetings with the Hornets.
OUR PREDICTION: The Mavericks have covered in five of their last six games against the Blazers and are 6-2 against the number in their last eight trips to Portland. The underdog and road team are both 4-1 against the spread over the last five meetings between these two teams and the Mavs have covered in six of their last seven overall. On the other side, the Blazers are just 7-17 at the betting window in their last 24 games following a straight up win.
FRIDAY NBA PREDICTION: DALLAS MAVERICKS +4.5