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Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Trail Blazers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/18/14

Portland Trail Blazers (30-9) at Dallas Mavericks (24-17)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks +1.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers are playing outstanding ball this season, but they will have their hands full in Dallas on Saturday.

The Dallas Mavericks are sitting at 24-17 this season, but even with that nice record, the Mavs are in third place in the Southwest division.  The Mavs have a top ten offense this season, putting up an average of 103.9 points per game on the year.  Dallas is led offensively by Dirk Nowitzki, who is scoring an average of 21.3 points per game.  The Mavs have played well lately, winning three out of their last four, including a win in their last outing, defeating the Suns 110-107 in Phoenix on Friday.  Leading the charge for the Mavs on Friday was Ellis, who finished with 24 points against the Suns.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Trail Blazers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/18/14

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The Portland Trail Blazers are on a tear this season, as Portland is 30-9 on the year and currently lead the Northwest division by half a game over the Thunder.  The Trail Blazers currently have the number one scoring offense in the league this season, putting up an average of 109.1 points per game.  Portland is also the second ranked rebounding team in the league, grabbing 46.7 boards per outing.  Leading the offense of the Trail Blazers this year is LaMarcus Aldridge, who is putting up a solid average of 23.9 per game.

Portland is 0-4 against the spread in their last four games on Saturdays, and the Trail Blazers are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games on the road.

The Mavs are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games when playing on no rest, the Mavs are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall.

I am loving the over on this one.  Both the Trail Blazers and the Mavs have outstanding offenses this year, and I don’t see either team slowing the other one down.  Look for plenty of points here on Saturday night as this one should easily go over this number.

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Over 214.5

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