Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks - 1/20/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks - 1/20/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks (15-30) at Portland Trail Blazers (24-21)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -6 -- Over/Under: 209 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers meet Saturday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Dallas Mavericks need a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 102.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.5 points and 4.5 assists. Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Dirk Nowitzki is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have split their last eight road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 103.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 103 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25 points and 6.5 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.5 points and four rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Shabazz Napier is dishing 2.4 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five straight home games.

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The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 12-3 ATS in their last 15 vs. Western Conference and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Portland, 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Dallas Mavericks not win many games, but they've covered five straight on the road and are 13-5 ATS this season when an underdog by less than eight points. The Portland Trail Blazers continue to play in close games and are actually being outscored by 2.2 points in their last five games. Portland is also outscoring teams by just 1.2 points at home this season, as this is a team that's had more consistent success on the road. The value is with the Mavericks and the free buckets, as they've been a covering machine in the underdog role this season.

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Randy’s Pick Dallas Mavericks +6

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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