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A pair of Western Conference teams take the floor down in the Lone Star State. The Portland Trail Blazers are on the road as they make the trip to face the Dallas Mavericks Sunday afternoon. Portland comes in off a 127-118 home win over San Antonio Thursday night in their last contest. Dallas fell 122-107 at home against Milwaukee in their last game on Friday night. The Trail Blazers lead the all-time regular season series 83-72 but the teams have split two meetings this season. In the last meeting, Portland claimed a 121-118 overtime win at home on December 23, 2018.
Portland Trail Blazers Seek Fifth Win in Last Six Games
Portland knocked off San Antonio at home Thursday night to win for the fourth time in their last five contests. The Trail Blazers entered Saturday fourth in the Western Conference, six games behind the Warriors: they trailed the Nuggets by 3.5 games in the Northwest Division race. Portland trailed by three after the opening quarter but took control by outscoring San Antonio 39-23 in the second quarter for a 16-point halftime edge. The Trail Blazers saw San Antonio tie the game at 88 with two minutes to play in the third quarter before closing the stanza on an 8-2 run. Portland didn’t see their lead drop below three the rest of the way. The Trail Blazers shot 53.8 percent from the field, including 11 of 31 from three-point range, and forced 18 San Antonio turnovers in the win. CJ McCollum led Portland with 30 points and nine boards in the win
The Trail Blazers come into this one 9th in the league in scoring with 113.3 points per game. The Trail Blazers are 3rd in the league in rebounding as they collect 47.6 boards a night. Portland is 24th in the league in assists with 22.9 per contest. The Trail Blazers are average defensively as they come in 13th in the league by allowing 110.3 points a night. Damian Lillard is leading the team in scoring for the Blazers as he puts up 26.1 points per game while dishing out 6.4 assists per contest. CJ McCollum (21.4 points) and Maurice Harkless are both veteran options for the Blazers. Al-Farouq Aminu (9.4 points, 7.9 rebounds), Jusuf Nurkic (15.2 points, 10.2 rebounds), Meyers Leonard, Rodney Hood (12.2 points) and Evan Turner all contribute solidly on the offensive end for Portland’s attack. Zach Collins, Seth Curry, Jake Layman and Caleb Swanigan have to take a step forward this season. Portland is 14th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 46.4 percent from the floor. The Trail Blazers are knocking down 11.1 three pointers a night, which is 16th in the league, while ranking 7th in the league by shooting 36.3 percent from downtown.
Dallas Mavericks Try to Regroup After Loss
Dallas saw their two-game win streak come to an end as they were knocked off by the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks, Friday night. The Mavericks entered Saturday 11th in the Western Conference, four games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot. Dallas was tied after the opening quarter before getting outscored 35-22 in the second to trail by 13 at the half. The Mavericks were unable to draw closer than seven the rest of the way. Dallas shot 41.4 percent from the field, including 22 of 53 from beyond the arc, and lost the rebounding battle 51-37. Luka Doncic paced the Mavericks with 20 points in the loss.
The Mavericks have been below average on the offensive end of the floor this season. Dallas is 20th in the league in scoring with 109.1 points per game. The Mavericks are 11th in rebounding with 46.1 boards per contest and are 25th in the league with 22.7 assists per game. Dallas is above average on the defensive end, ranking 11th in scoring defense by allowing 108.6 points per game. Rookie Luka Doncic is currently leading the team with 20.6 points plus seven rebounds and 5.5 assists per game this season. Dwight Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith and J.J. Barea (10.9 points, 5.6 assists) are solid pieces of the rotation. Maximilian Kleber, Jalen Brunson, Devin Harris along with the recuperating Dirk Nowitzki, who made his season debut December 13 against Phoenix, Devin Harris and Justin Jackson will be key pieces for Rick Carlisle as the season wears on. Tim Hardaway Jr. (18.8 points), Trey Burke (11.6 points) and Courtney Lee are all in the mix for the team after the big deal that saw the Mavericks pick up Kristaps Porzingis. Dallas is tied for 20th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45 percent as a team. The Mavericks are 6th in threes with 12.2 per game but are 20th in three-point shooting by hitting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc. Barea tore his Achilles against the Timberwolves on January 11 and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
- Mavericks are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Trail Blazers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Trail Blazers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous gam