Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers - 12/27/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers - 12/27/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers (13-19) vs Dallas Mavericks (15-17)

Game Info: Monday, December 27, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)

Betting Odds: Portland Trail Blazers -1 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers meet Monday in NBA action at the Moda Center. The Dallas Mavericks need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Portland Trail Blazers need a win after losing 11 of their last 14 games.

The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 104.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 105.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 25.6 points and 8.5 assists, while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 19.7 points and 7.9 rebounds. Jalen Brunson is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Hardaway Jr. is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game.

The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 108.1 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 23.8 points and 4.2 rebounds, while CJ McCollum is averaging 20.6 points and 4.5 assists. Norman Powell is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game.

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The Mavericks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The under is 9-3 in Mavericks last 12 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Trail Blazers last 5 overall. The Mavericks are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Portland and 22-10 ATS in the last 32 meetings.

The Dallas Mavericks are still without Luka, but they're finding ways to win here and there and should be used to being without their star by now. The Portland Trail Blazers now have seven players in COVID protocols, with Cody Zeller and Jusuf Nurkic joining the party over the weekend. Also, Lillard is questionable due to personal reasons. It's a complete mess in Portland right now, but the good news is McCollum could return within a week or so. As for this game, I have to lean toward the Mavs given there's more meat on the bone roster wise.

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Randy’s Pick Dallas Mavericks +1

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