8:40 pm
December 4

Trail Blazers @ Mavericks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Portland Trail Blazers (13-10)

@ Dallas Mavericks (11-10)


Current odds:

Portland Trail Blazers: (+105)

Dallas Mavericks: (-125)


The line for the game is Dallas by 1.5 points.

The 131 points allowed to the Spurs is the second most allowed by Portland this season behind the poor showing in a 143-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 21. The Trail Blazers are giving up 111.7 points per game and often are trying to outscore teams behind the offensive attack averaging 113 per contest. Star point guard Damian Lillard had 37 points and 10 assists against San Antonio for his third 30-point effort in four games and his third double-digit assist outing of the campaign.

Second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will be in the lineup but had a dentist appointment Monday after losing part of a tooth courtesy of an elbow from Clippers guard Patrick Beverley. “It’s just a freak accident,” Smith told reporters after the contest. “I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose. I’m sure that wasn’t his intentions, but it happens. Come back in, finish the game, we got a win. That’s all that matters. I love when the game gets like that. You can go out there, get mad, play with some intensity, heart. When it gets chippy, it’s just like playing back home. That’s the best way to play.” Small forward Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 30 points against Los Angeles and is averaging 24 over the last five games.

The Trail Blazers went 2-1 against the Mavericks last season to win the season series for the first time since 2009-10.

StreakSmarter Pick
Dallas Mavericks