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2021 NBA Handicapping
(6-6) Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors (4-8)
Date: Monday, January 18th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
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As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day slate of events on Monday, January 18th, the Dallas Mavericks, and Toronto Raptors will play for the first time this season.
Last season, the squads played twice each winning one contest. Dallas holds the all-time record between the squads with 26 victories in the team’s 47 meetings.
Last season the Raptors had their biggest comeback in franchise history over the Mavericks but much has changed since that match.
Although the Mavericks lost their most recent contest to the Bulls they are playing with a severely shorthanded roster due to COVID-19.
The good news of course is the fact Kristaps Porzingis is back and looking sharp improving each game. In this his third contest since returning, he registered 20 points and eight rebounds with two blocks.
Doncic made history moving up to 15th to tie Grant Hill with his 29th triple-double (36 points, 16 rebounds, and 15 assists) and surpassed Michael Jordan on the list.
Willie Cauley-Stein and James Johnson each scored 10 points as the other double-figure contributors.
The majority of the players who are out for the Mavericks are quarantining due to COVID-19 contact tracing including a trio who could return for this game (Dwight Powell, Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber) as well as Tim Hardaway Jr who is nursing a strained groin.
Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith are the two players who are out indefinitely.
In the last four games, the Raptors are even with consecutive victories over the Hornets this past weekend following back-to-back one-point losses.
Nick Nurse is still seeking to figure out the puzzle of starting center as neither Aron Baynes nor Alex Len is meshing particularly defensively.
Although the Raptors could easily be .500 or over by the same token they are definitely not functioning to their full potential.
One game the bench is abysmal and the next they are feasting. In some games, the Raptors defense is spot-on while they struggle offensively and the next game it’s the polar opposite.
The one recent constant is perimeter shooting with Toronto connecting on 19, 20, and 21 triples in their last three matches.
Two reserved players were the stars Saturday as Norm Powell (24 points, six 3-pointers) and Chris Boucher (20 points, nine rebounds, two blocks) led the way.
Kyle Lowry (19), OG Anunoby (18), and Fred VanVleet (15) were the other double-figure contributors.
Alex Len missed the last two games (contact tracing) and is questionable for Monday while Patrick McCaw continues to rehab from offseason knee surgery with no timetable for his return.
NBA Betting Trends:
- TOR are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Under is 9-4-1 in the last 14 meetings in Toronto.
- Under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
The Raptors have moments but it’s clear the loss of Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol had a huge effect and until Ujiri adds a defensive floor-spacing center they’ll be mired in the middle to lower tier of the East.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks +3.5
With the Raptors’ frontcourt issues, expect a steady diet of small-ball and if the Mavs get the four players listed as questionable to play (Brunson, Powell, Kleber, Hardaway) I’d be inclined to favor them for the win too.
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