Dallas Mavericks (22-46) at Toronto Raptors (51-17)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -11.5 -- Over/Under: 213 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Dallas Mavericks could use another big victory after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 102.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.9 points and 4.9 assists. Dirk Nowitzki is the third double-digit scorer and J.J. Barea is dishing 6.3 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.
The Toronto Raptors hope to keep the ball rolling while building on their 10-game winning streak. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 103.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.6 points and four rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.4 points and 6.7 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won four straight home games.
The Mavericks are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games, 2-13-1 ATS in their last 16 Friday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The Dallas Mavericks have actually been playing decent ball lately, winning four of their last eight games and covering 11 of their last 16 on the road. The problem is the Toronto Raptors remain one of the hottest teams in the league and are consistently beating teams by double digits. The Raptors are also 9-3 ATS this season when a double-digit favorite. The Dallas Mavericks are just 3-8 ATS this season when a double-digit underdog. Give me the Raptors in a blowout victory, even if I don't like laying big numbers, especially with teams on the end of a back to back.