Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 1/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-2.5)
The Toronto Raptors (4-8) play the Dallas Mavericks (6-5) at Amalie Arena on Monday. The line on this matchup has Dallas as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 230.
The Dallas Mavericks took the court against the Milwaukee Bucks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 112-109 in their last game. Dallas finished the game with a 46.4% field goal percentage (45 of 97) and made 13 out of their 36 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Mavericks knocked down 6 of 13 attempts for a percentage of 46.2%. Pertaining to rebounding, they compiled 51 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 22 dimes for the matchup while having 5 steals and 6 rejections. With respect to defense, Dallas allowed the other team to go 44.8% from the field on 43 out of 96 shooting. Milwaukee earned 22 dimes and had 5 steals in the game. On top of that, the Bucks had 57 rebounds (16 offensive, 41 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Milwaukee walked away from this one shooting 48.0% at the free throw line by making 12 of 25 tries. They also made 14 out of their 37 shots from beyond the arc.
Luka Dončić is one player who was a factor for the contest. He recorded 28 points on 12 of 24 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35:45 minutes played and also totaled 10 boards. Dončić finished the game at 50.0% from the floor and also recorded 13 assists. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Mavericks was Tim Hardaway. He totaled 6 rebounds and totaled 2 dimes. He ended up going 52.9% from the field for the contest by connecting on 9-of-17 (22 points). Overall, Hardaway saw the court for 37:00 minutes.
Dallas will enter this matchup with a mark of 6-5 this year. They turn it over 13.0 times per game and as a unit they are committing 21.3 fouls per game. As a team, Dallas is pulling down 44.8 boards per contest and has accounted for 247 dimes this year, which ranks 30th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Mavericks are shooting 35.0% on shots from distance (151 of 432) and 73.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 109.4 pts per game (20th in basketball) on 45.3% from the floor. Defensively, the Mavericks are forcing 15.2 turnovers per game and they draw 21.5 fouls. They are relinquishing 31.6% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 3rd in the NBA in opponents points per game (105.1). The Mavericks are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 43.9% (418 of 952) and they surrender 46.5 rebounds per game as a team. They are ranked 2nd in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 240 relinquished on the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Toronto Raptors went home victorious with a score of 116-113 against the Charlotte Hornets. The Raptors were able to snag 36 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 43 in this contest. They also blocked 8 tries while earning 5 steals in the game. The Hornets had 20 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Raptors to the charity stripe for a total of 26 tries. They were able to convert 23 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 88.5%. In the matter of shooting from distance, Toronto made 21 of 49 attempts (42.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Raptors shot 36 out of 86 from the floor which had them shooting 41.9%. The Raptors allowed the Hornets to make 38 out of 87 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 43.7% for this contest. They finished 41.7% from behind the 3-point line by going 15 of 36 and finished the contest at 22 of 29 from the charity stripe (75.9%). Concerning cleaning up the glass, Toronto permitted Charlotte to get 48 in total (12 offensive).
Norman Powell ended up being important for the Raptors in the game. He knocked down 6 of 12 in this contest for a rate of 50.0%, which earned him 24 points. Powell snagged 3 boards in his 28:24 minutes of time on the court and had 2 assists for the contest. An additional guy that was pivotal for Toronto was Chris Boucher. He walked away with 20 points in 30:49 mins played by going 5 out of 7 shooting in this contest. Boucher wrapped this one up going 71.4% from the floor while also contributing 2 dimes and 9 rebounds.
Toronto has a record of 4-8 this season. Toronto has accounted for 1,338 points for the season (111.5 per game) and they pull in 43.2 boards per game. The Raptors are committing 22.6 fouls per contest and they shoot 79.9% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Raptors are shooting 43.9% from the field, which is ranked 25th in the NBA. They are getting an assist 24.8 times per game (17th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 14.7 times per game. The Raptors on defense are ranked 19th in basketball in points allowed per game with 112.2. They have surrendered 27.1 dimes and 46.5 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 26th and 24th in the NBA. The Toronto defense allows 37.5% on shots from 3-point land (166 of 443) and their opponents are making 77.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 16.6 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 45.6% from the field (14th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Dallas (-2.5)
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