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Toronto Raptors vs. Dallas Mavericks - 10/26/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Mavericks (2-2) at Toronto Raptors (5-0)
Date & Time Friday October 26, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Toronto Raptors -10.5 -- Over/Under: 229
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NBA | Dallas Mavericks (2-2) at Toronto Raptors (5-0)
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The Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Dallas Mavericks look for their first road win of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 114.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 119.2 points on 49.4 percent shooting. Wesley Matthews is averaging 19.3 points and 3.3 assists while Luka Doncic is averaging 19 points and 6.5 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan is the third double-digit scorer and Dwight Powell is dishing two assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 50 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost each of their last seven road games.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory to get off to a 6-0 record, arguably the best in franchise history. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 117 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 28 points and 7.8 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 19.8 points and 10 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won each of their last eight home games.

The Mavericks are 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 Friday games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The under is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings in Toronto and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Raptors last 6 overall and the over is 7-3 in Mavericks last 10 Friday games.

The Dallas Mavericks have lost both of their games on the road this season to probably two teams that won't make the playoffs, and they're giving up 116 points in those games. Three of the Toronto Raptors five victories have been decided by double digits and the defense seems to be getting better each game. I'm not the double-digit chalk eater, but the Raptors have a higher probablity of winning this game in a blowout at home than the Mavs do at keeping it close. So, it's Raptors or pass for me.

Toronto Raptors -10.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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