Mavericks vs. Raptors - 2/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (37-19) at Dallas Mavericks (38-20)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -4 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, FSSW
The Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks meet Tuesday at the American Airlines Center.
The Toronto Raptors have split their last eight games and end a four-game road trip. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 105.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 100.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.3 points and 7.2 assists while DeMar DeRozan is averaging 18.2 points and 4.4 rebounds. Louis Williams is shooting 40.2 percent from the field and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are coming off a Monday loss the New Orleans Pelicans in which they shot just 41.7 percent from the field and had 21 bench points. The Raptors have been struggling offensively as of late and 10 of their 19 losses this season have come on the road.
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The Dallas Mavericks look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. On the season, the Mavs are averaging 105.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting and are allowing 100.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Monta Ellis is averaging 19.5 points and 4.5 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. Tyson Chandler is grabbing 11.8 rebounds and Rajon Rondo is dishing 6.3 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing just 40.5 percent shooting in their last five games and have won six straight when allowing less than 100 points. Amar'e Stoudemire had 14 points and three rebounds in 11 minutes of work in his Dallas debut. Chandler Parsons is expected to miss this game with an ankle injury.
The Raptors are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Mavericks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Getting a rested Mavs team against a Raptors team that just played yesterday and has been struggling offensively for the small chalk is the right pick here. Dallas should win this game and cover the reasonable number on its home court.