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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/23/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Dallas Mavericks (15-16) at Portland Trail Blazers (18-14)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -7 -- Over/Under: 215.5
TV Channel
NSNW, FSSW
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The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers meet Sunday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Dallas Mavericks could use a victory here to snap a rough five-game losing streak. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 110.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 18.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.2 points and 1.1 assists. Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Smith Jr. is dishing four assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost their last six road games. 

The Portland Trail Blazers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 111.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 46 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.9 points and 5.8 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.9 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last seven home games.

The Mavericks are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 28-11 ATS in their last 39 home games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Portland and 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The under is 7-2 in Trail Blazers last 9 overall. The over is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.

The Dallas Mavericks have won the last two meetings against the Portland Trail Blazers, which includes a victory against them a couple of weeks ago. However, the Mavs have been horrible on the road and are coming off a tough road loss last night against the Golden State Warriors. The Portland Trail Blazers have been up and down all year, but they're usually explosive at home and are outscoring teams by 6.1 points at home this season overall. I've seen enough road struggles from the Mavericks to stay away from them in spots like this one.

Pick:
Portland Trail Blazers -7

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