Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 3/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Blazers
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (+2.5)
The Dallas Mavericks (21-19) are headed to Moda Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Portland Blazers (25-16). The spread on this matchup has Portland as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 217.5.
The Dallas Mavericks stepped onto the hardwood against the Portland Blazers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 125-119 in their last contest. Dallas finished the contest with a 54.3% field goal percentage (44 out of 81) and buried 19 of 42 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Mavericks knocked down 12 of 13 attempts for a rate of 92.3%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned 39 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 25 assists for the game in addition to forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and having 4 steals. Concerning defending, Dallas allowed the other team to go 47.3% from the floor on 44 out of 93 shooting. Portland totaled 17 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. In addition, Portland snagged 43 boards (13 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Portland finished the game at 88.2% when shooting free throws by making 15 of their 17 shots. They also buried 22 of their 47 shots from long range.
Luka Doncic is a player who was important in this contest. He notched 38 points on 15 out of 27 shooting. He was on the court for 38:51 minutes played and pulled down 9 rebounds. Doncic shot 55.6% from the floor and distributed 9 assists. Another guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Mavericks was Tim Hardaway. He grabbed 5 rebounds in his 40:25 minutes on the hardwood. He went 64.3% from the floor for the game via 9-of-14 (25 points). At the conclusion of this game, Hardaway earned 5 assists.
Dallas comes into this contest with a record of 21-19 this year. They are turning it over 12.4 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.8 fouls every game. As a unit, Dallas is pulling down 42.7 rebounds per game and has totaled 907 dimes on the season, which ranks 27th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Mavericks are connecting on 35.9% from downtown (542 of 1,510) and 78.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 111.6 points per outing (20th in the league) while hitting 46.9% from the field. When they are on defense, the Mavericks are able to force 12.9 turnovers per game and they draw 20.7 fouls. They are conceding 37.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 15th in basketball in points per game allowed (111.6). The Mavericks defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 46.1% (515 of 827) and they concede 44.9 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 2nd in basketball in giving up assists with 920 relinquished on the season.
In their win over Dallas, the Blazers earned 30 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 6 times, while getting 5 steals in the game. The Mavericks earned 16 fouls in the game which took the Blazers to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They were able to bury 15 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 88.2%. With regard to shooting from distance, Portland knocked down 22 of their 47 attempts (46.8%). Overall, the Blazers went 44 for 93 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.3%. The Blazers allowed the Mavericks to knock down 44 of 81 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 54.3% for the game. They finished 45.2% from 3-point land by going 19 out of 42 and finished the game at 12 of 13 from the free throw line (92.3%). In the matter of team rebounding, Portland allowed Dallas to pull down 39 in all (5 on the offensive side).
CJ McCollum was important for the Blazers for the game. He buried 11 out of 23 for the matchup giving him a rate of 47.8%, and totaled 4 rebounds. McCollum earned 32 points in his 27:40 mins of playing time and tallied 4 assists in the matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Portland was Damian Lillard. He walked away with 6 dimes in 34:29 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 10 of 19 from the floor. Lillard finished going 52.6% from the floor as well as totaling 31 points and 3 boards.
Portland has a record of 25-16 this year. The Blazers commit 19.4 fouls per game and they hit 83.5% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 20.0 times per contest (30th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 11.6 times per game. Portland has accounted for 4,716 pts for the season (115.0 per game) and they snag 43.7 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Blazers are connecting on 44.7% from the field, which is ranked 26th in basketball. The Blazers defensively are ranked 25th in basketball in PPG given up with 115.1. They have forced 12.8 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.8% from the floor (27th in the NBA). The Portland defense gives up 37.4% on three-point shots (534 of 1,427) and opponents are connecting on 77.6% of their free throw shots. They have given up 25.3 assists and 46.1 total rebounds per game, which is 20th and 24th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (-2.5)
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