Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks prediction: Blazers fight for 8th, but can they stop the Mav’s shooters?

Aug. 11. 6:35 pm
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The Dallas Mavericks (43-30) will play host to the Portland Trail Blazers (33-39) in the Orlando bubble with the Blazers as four-point favorites.

The injury report no longer has Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis listed for Dallas and Portland should expect Hassan Whiteside to return to their bench.

Portland is close to securing a play-in birth and has a chance with the eighth seed in the Western Conference with only two games remaining. Dallas has a shot at the sixth seed with the Jazz continuing to struggle throughout the bubble.

Free Spread Pick

This is a bet against Portland’s ability to defend the perimeter. The Blazers are giving up 38.1% from the three-point line this season, but in their six games in the bubble, they are giving up 43.1%! Portland has the highest OFF RTG at 120.9 and the third-highest DEF RTG at 118.3. In other words, the only way the Blazers beat good shooting teams like Dallas is to out-shoot them. Damian Lillard and company are fully-capable of outshooting another team, but I think four points is too many.

Bet Dallas Mavericks +4 (-110)

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