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Portland Trail Blazers 36-34 (15-22 V) vs. Dallas Mavericks 34-35 (19-17 H)
Date: Sunday, March 20 2016
Time: 4:00 PM ET
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pickm
NBA Betting Total: 213
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The Western Conference playoff race is as tight as can be with four teams battling for the final three spots. Currently, the Portland Trail Blazers sit at sixth while the Dallas Mavericks sit at eighth.
These teams tip off at American Airlines Center at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 20.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers control their own destiny in terms of earning the sixth seed, meaning if they win out, a matchup with the third-best team in the playoffs is a certainty opposed to a matchup against the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs.
The problem, of course, is that the Blazers obviously aren’t going to win out the rest of the year, which is why a matchup against the Mavericks is crucial in terms of not only playoff positioning, but simply making the postseason.
At this point, the Blazers know what they’re getting from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The two are going to put up big numbers on a nightly basis, and they’re going to carry this team to higher levels than they’re supposed to based on preseason expectations.
The catch is that they can’t do it on their own if they’re going to solidify a spot in the playoffs. Guys such as Ed Davis, Mason Plumlee and Al-Farouq Aminu are going to be vital in Sunday’s game against another playoff hopeful.
Dirk Nowitzki is just like the rest of us in the sense that he keeps getting older. An increase in age is inevitable, and the 7-footer is not exempt from that unfortunate reality.
What makes the German sharpshooter superhuman is that he’s been able to essentially ignore his age in an effort to remain the leader of the franchise at a productive level.
The problem for the Dallas Mavericks is that Dirk can’t do it on his own. Entering this contest, the Mavs have dropped two straight and have one just once in their last eight outings.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Mavericks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games.
- Mavericks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
- Mavericks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Northwest.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks
The Blazers have been all about proving doubters wrong this season, and Lillard falls into that category after the All-Star break. Dallas is struggling to keep things going.
And yet, we can’t ignore the feeling that home-court advantage will mean a lot in this one.
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Depending on where the line ends up following Saturday’s game will make a difference in the ultimate pick. But the score should be a close one in favor of the hometown Mavericks.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Dallas 100 – Portland 97
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