Mavericks vs. Blazers Prediction
A pair of struggle teams desperately trying to hold onto a playoff spot in the Western Conference will square off tonight when the Trail Blazers host the Mavericks at 10:00PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Blazers are 6-point home favorites versus the Mavericks while the over/under for tonight's game is sitting at 214.5 points. Dallas enters play having dropped seven of its last 10 games and is 4-6 at the betting window during that span, while Portland is also 3-7 over its last 10 and 5-5 against the spread.
While it doesn't seem prudent to lay six points on a team that has lost three of its last four games and is coming off a 132-120 overtime loss to the same opponent that it plays tonight, the Blazers have actually been great to bettors following a double-digit loss. They're a perfect 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games coming off a loss of more than 10 points. They're also 4-0 ATS in their last four games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous contest.
Despite their struggles, Portland is 5-2 at the betting window in its last seven home games and has covered in nine of its lat 10 games playing on two days of rest. Damian Lillard is determined not to allow the Blazers to miss the playoffs and he should come out firing on all cylinders tonight.
As for the Mavs, they've lost seven of their last 10 road games against the spread and have only covered once in their last five games versus Western Conference opponents. While the Blazers have been great for bettors playing on two days of rest, Dallas is just 7-19 ATS in its last 26 games with a couple of off days in between.
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