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2021 NBA Handicapping
(27-43) Toronto Raptors vs. Dallas Mavericks (41-29)
Date: Friday, May 14th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Raptors +670 | Mavericks -1020
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks 13.5
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
On Friday, May 14th, the Toronto Raptors meet the Dallas Mavericks for the second and final time this season. In the initial meeting on January 18th, the Raptors won 116-93.
Last season, the squads played twice with each team winning one contest. The Mavericks hold the all-time record having won 26 matches of the 48 played.
The season for the Raptors took an abrupt shift from competing for a play-in seed to tanking. They’ve lost five in a row and eight of their last nine.
In truth, Toronto seemed to commit to the tank sooner than some of their counterparts by resting core players in important matches (Lowry versus the Wizards for example).
In hindsight, it was a smart move because they’ve positioned themselves alone in the tier above the teams who tanked all season. The resulting effect is the Bulls, Pelicans, and Kings who’ll likely all be lottery-bound (only the Bulls remain statistically in the mix) will get worse odds in the lottery.
Toronto has ensured the seventh-best odds and considering the Pelicans were positioned with the eighth-best odds the year they won the Zion sweepstakes it was a calculated risk worth taking.
The Raptors sat their top six players against the Bulls either due to injury or for rest and it’s likely they’ll do the same versus the Mavericks and the Pacers.
The injury report hasn’t been provided yet but presumably, will be the same as Thursday with OG Anunoby (calf strain), Fred VanVleet (hip flexor), Pascal Siakam (shoulder strain), Kyle Lowry (rest), and Rodney Hood (finger fracture) all out.
The questionable additions will be Gary Trent Jr. (ankle) and Chris Boucher (knee) who didn’t play Thursday for management of recent injuries.
While they’ll be facing primarily a reserve-heavy Raptors lineup it’s not likely Rick Carlisle will rest players knowing even the subs will bring effort for Toronto.
Moreover, Dallas is currently seeded fifth but is trying to hold off the Blazers who are a half-game back in sixth, and the Lakers who are a game back in seventh.
The Mavs have won 11 of their last 14 games and got Kristaps Porzingis back after a seven-game absence. They won that match versus the Pelicans with Porzingis registering 19 points and five rebounds in just under 22 minutes of action.
It was inevitable Doncic would have a great game given his post-game comments on his dissatisfaction with his play versus Memphis. The superstar scored 33 points adding eight rebounds, eight assists, and hit seven of his 15 attempts from 3-point land.
Tim Hardaway’s hot scoring streak also continued with 29 points and him getting the starting assignment over Josh Richardson.
The injury report for Dallas only lists J.J. Reddick (heel) as out but Tyrell Terry (personal) hasn’t played since January 29th so it’s highly unlikely he’ll be in the mix.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Raptors are 8-2 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Mavericks are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The total has gone under in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games.
- The total has gone over in 7 of Dallas’ last 10 games.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
Dallas will win, the only question is whether the Raps subs will take pride in not losing by double-digits. Dallas however, is entering the postseason on a roll and playing well at both ends so they’ll use this game as an opportunity to keep that rhythm.
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