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(43-29) Toronto Raptors vs. Dallas Mavericks (31-40)
Date: Saturday March 25
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena – Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Mavs -1
NBA Betting Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Total: 195
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Saturday NBA sees an interconference battle between the Raps and Mavs — two teams looking to prove they’re more on the level of their pre-season projections than they’ve been most of the year.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 24, 2017.
The Raptors enter this contest as the No. 4 team out East.
The good news is that they have a wide gap between them and the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks.
The bad news is that the Washington Wizards have placed themselves a whole game against of Toronto for the third seed following their win over the Brooklyn Nets Friday night.
Although there’s nothing wrong with having home-court in the first round of the playoffs, No. 4 is a disappointment for Toronto for two reasons.
For starters, this team entered the year looking to prove it could be a threat to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. This team was supposed to be the consensus No. 2 squad out East, which hasn’t been the case most of the season.
The other issue is that a first-round win coming out of the 4-5 matchup results in a second-round showdown with those same Cavs.
The Raptors aren’t giving up on their pursuit of third (or even second) place out East.
That’s why wins against sub-par opponents, such as the Mavericks, are of the utmost importance this time of year.
The Mavericks aren’t giving up on their season. Not with guys gritty veterans like Dirk Nowitkzi and Wes Matthews, not with young hungry players like Seth Curry and Nerlens Noel, and certainly not with an outspoken owner like Mark Cuban.
Cuban, after all, was the one who said this team refuses to tank when it eas one of the bottom-three teams in the league earlier this season.
Against Toronto, expect that same competitive spirit to translate. Maybe not the same kind of competitive spirit that led J.J. Barea to deliver a mean forearm shiver to Blake Griffin Thrusday night…but still a fight will be had in this one.
Even if just metaphorically speaking.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Raptors are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
- Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win
- Mavericks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games.
- Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Mavericks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
Neither of these teams has been very solid against the spread as of late. In this contest, however, that’s not too important.
In a one-point spread, it’s all about who you’re picking to win straight up.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Toronto +1
The Mavs would like to believe they still have a shot at the postseason, but the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers are making that a pipe dream at this point in the year.
The Raptors, on the other hand, still have a legitimate shot at proving they’re the most worthy challenger to the Cavaliers.
Give this one to the Raptors on the road.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto Raptors 107 – Dallas Mavericks 103
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