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Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Blazers NBA Betting Lines from BetUS
NBA Betting Favorite: Portland -5
The Dallas Mavericks went into Los Angeles on Thursday night hoping to stake their claim for the second spot in the Western Conference standings, but it didn’t go as planned. The Lakers blew out the Mavericks, and the Mavericks stumbled once again last night against Golden State. The Blazers beat Oklahoma City Friday night and they have some solid momentum on their side.
Dallas is certainly a team that has the ability to challenge for the Western Conference crown, but they have been inconsistent this year. The team has gone on hot and cold streaks quite often this season. They are one of the best road teams in the leaue at 27-12 this year. Dirk Nowitzki is having the best year of his terrific NBA career. Nowitzki is shooting 52% from the floor. Dallas misses Caron Butler, but they might get him back if they go deep enough in the playoffs. Shawn Marion is a very important player for this team, and he is their best defender on a daily basis.
The Portland Blazers have gotten some nice dividends from their deal with the Charlotte Bobcats at the trade deadline. Gerald Wallace gives this team another playmaker and someone to take the load off Aldridge and Roy. Wallace is averaging 15.2 points per game with the Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge is having a breakout season and he is becoming a leader on this team. Aldridge is averaging 22.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this year. Brandon Roy is still dealing with quite a few injury concerns, and his minutes have been limited. Roy is hoping to be most of the way healthy by the time the playoffs get started.
Mavericks vs. Blazers NBA Free Pick: Mavericks +5
I believe Dallas is a better team than Portland in the long run, and I think we are getting some solid value here because Dallas has played poorly in the last couple games. Remember, this is still a team that is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games as a road underdog.
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