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Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/26/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors (23-8) at Dallas Mavericks (9-25)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Sportsnet One, FSSW

The Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks meet Tuesday in NBA action at the American Airlines Center.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning 12 of their last 13 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.3 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 102.4 points on 45 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 24.9 points and 4.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 15.9 points and 7.1 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last seven road games.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/26/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks could use a win here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 100 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 103.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.7 points and 6.8 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 13.8 points and 4.2 assists. J.J. Barea is the third double-digit scorer and Dirk Nowitzki is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won five of their last seven home games.

The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Dallas, 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The Toronto Raptors are quietly one of the hotter teams in the league right now and have been covering a lot during this winning stretch. The Mavs are still struggling big time on defense, allowing 50.3 percent shooting in their last five games and 49.6 percent shooting at home this season. Add the fact the Raptors are outscoring teams by 17.4 points in their last five games, and you have to lay the reasonable number with the road team.

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