Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 3/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Blazers
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-2.5)
The Portland Blazers (23-16) host the Dallas Mavericks (21-18) at Moda Center on Friday. The spread on this game has Dallas as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 234.5.
The Dallas Mavericks played the Los Angeles Clippers and walked away with a win by a score of 105-89 in their last contest. Dallas wrapped up the contest having earned a 50.6% FG percentage (40 out of 79) and made 15 of their 34 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Mavericks converted 10 of their 12 attempts for a rate of 83.3%. Concerning getting rebounds, they collected 43 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 14 dimes in the matchup while creating 12 turnovers and earning 7 steals. Pertaining to defense, Dallas allowed the other team to go 42.0% from the field on 37 out of 88 shooting. Los Angeles dished out 22 assists and had 12 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Los Angeles snagged 37 rebounds (8 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 7 rejections. Los Angeles went 54.5% at the free throw line by burying 6 of their 11 shots. They knocked down 9 out of their 32 attempts from downtown.
Luka Doncic is a guy who was a major factor in this matchup. He was able to score 42 points on 16 out of 28 shooting. He saw the court for 42:48 minutes played and also snagged 6 boards. Doncic finished the game at 57.1% from the floor and dished out 9 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this game for the Mavericks was Tim Hardaway. He grabbed 6 rebounds in 36:34 min on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor for this contest by hitting 6-of-12 (15 points). Overall, Hardaway earned 1 assist.
Dallas enters this matchup with a mark of 21-18 this season. The Mavericks are hitting 35.6% on shots from beyond the arc (523 of 1,468) and 78.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 111.4 points per outing (20th in the NBA) while hitting 46.7% from the field. They turn the ball over 12.4 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.9 fouls per game. As a unit, Dallas is snagging 42.8 rebounds per game and has accumulated 882 dimes this year, which has them ranked 27th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Mavericks are forcing their opponents into 13.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20.8 personal fouls. The Mavericks defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.1% (509 of 812) and they surrender 44.9 boards per contest as a unit. They currently rank 3rd in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 903 conceded for the season. They give up 37.2% on 3-pointers and they rank 12th in the league in points per game allowed (111.3).
In their last game, the Portland Blazers took home the win by a final score of 125-124 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Blazers corralled 28 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 32 in this matchup. They coughed it up 17 times, while recording 8 steals in this contest. The Pelicans committed 24 fouls for this contest which took the Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 31 shots. They were able to make 31 of them for a percentage of 100.0%. In relation to shots from distance, Portland made 18 of 43 attempts (41.9%). When the final whistle was blown, the Blazers shot 38 for 73 from the field which had them shooting 52.1%. The Blazers allowed the Pelicans to knock down 46 out of their 88 attempts from the field which had them shooting 52.3% for this game. They wrapped up this game 48.5% from downtown by shooting 16 out of 33 and ended up shooting 16 out of 20 from the free throw line (80.0%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Portland permitted New Orleans to snag 41 overall (10 on the offensive glass).
Damian Lillard ended up being a factor for the Blazers in the game. He made 13 out of 20 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 65.0%, and had 6 rebounds. Lillard recorded 50 points in his 40:36 minutes on the hardwood and had 10 dimes in this contest. Someone else that was important for Portland was Enes Kanter. He ended up with no assists in his 27:42 minutes on the hardwood, and he shot 4 out of 6 from the floor. Kanter wrapped this one up going 66.7% from the field and also contributing 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Portland has a record of 23-16 on the campaign. As an offense, the Blazers are hitting on 44.8% from the floor, which is 26th in the league. Portland has accounted for 4,490 points this year (115.1 per contest) and they collect 43.6 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 20.3 times per contest (30th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 11.7 times per contest. The Blazers are responsible for committing 19.5 fouls every game and they hit 83.4% from the charity stripe. The Blazers defensively are ranked 26th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 115.6. They are able to force 12.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.9% from the field (26th in basketball). The Portland defense allows 37.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (505 of 1,348) and opponents are connecting on 77.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 25.3 dimes and 46.3 boards every game, which is 22nd and 24th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (+2.5)
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