Blazers vs. Mavericks Prediction
Even though they're coming off a victory on Friday in New Orleans, the Trail Blazers still head into today's game against the Mavericks in a bit of a tailspin.
This game opened as a pick'em but according to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Mavericks are now a 1-point home favorite over the Blazers for today's 4:00PM ET tip-off. As for the total, the number opened at 213 but has been bet up a full point to 214.
The Blazers won 117-112 at New Orleans on Friday but have lost two of their last three and six of their last nine. They're also 0-4 in games decided by two points or fewer and 1-4 in games decided by three points or less. With today's game figuring to go down to the wire, those aren't trends that support a Portland victory at American Airlines Center, where they've lost three straight and 25 of their last 31 versus the Mavs.
Chandler Parsons is listed as doubtful with a tight/sore right hamstring, which means Dirk Nowitzki might not be able to start at center for a fourth straight game. The Mavs have also lost five straight at home but that only means that they're due to pick up a win in Dallas.
The Mavs allowed 130 points in their last game but that came against the Warriors. Throw that game out and Dallas has played pretty well defensively over their last few games. In fact, they've covered the spread in five of their last six games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous contest so bank on a rebound effort today against Portland.
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