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#543 Portland Trail Blazers 228.5 vs.
#544 Dallas Mavericks -7
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10:35pm EST
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Portland Trailblazers vs Dallas Mavericks

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

When: Friday, January 17, 10:30 PM. ET.

The Dallas Mavericks will be going for their fourth consecutive win when they take on the Portland Trailblazers on Friday night.

Trailblazers Going For Third Consecutive Win

The Trailblazers have played well since they snapped their two-game losing streak and have won their last two games. They will be trying to pick up their third win in a row and fourth win in their last six games when they face the Mavericks on Friday.

Portland has played well offensively, averaging 111.7 points per game. The team is shooting 44 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. They finished with 117 points in their last game and will need another solid offensive effort to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Damian Lillard led the way for the Blazers with 25 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. CJ McCollum finished with 24 points and six assists, while Carmelo Anthony added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Trailblazers.

Portland hasn’t played as well on the defensive end, holding opponents to 113.6 points per game. They gave up 107 points in their last game and will need a similar defensive effort if they want to pick up the win.

Mavericks Going For Fifth Win In Seven Games

The Mavericks are coming off a perfect week, winning all three of their games since their loss to the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday. They will be trying to keep the momentum going with a win over the Trailblazers, which will give them their fourth win in a row and fifth win in their last seven games.

Dallas is one of the best offensive teams in the league, averaging 116.6 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range. They finished with 127 points in their last game despite playing on the road on consecutive nights and will need another solid offensive effort to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Luka Doncic led the way for the Mavericks with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 17 assists. Seth Curry finished with 21 points and one rebound, while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 points and six rebounds for the Mavericks.

Dallas has also played well defensively, holding opponents to 109.3 points per game. They gave up 123 points in their last game and will need a much better defensive effort if they want to pick up the win.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Mavericks have one of the best offenses in the league, averaging 116.6 points per game. The team is averaging 114.8 points at home and shouldn’t have trouble scoring against the Trailblazers, who have struggled defensively this season and are giving up 113.6 points per game. Portland has done a good job on offense, averaging 111.7 points per game. They are averaging 107.2 points per game in their last five games and will struggle to score against the Mavericks, who are holding opponents to 109.3 points per game and 103.6 points per game in their last three games. The Mavericks also have the rebounding edge in this game, averaging 47.7 rebounds per game to Portland’s 46.2 rebounds per game, which will give them more second-chance opportunities in this game and help them pick up the win.

Prediction: Dallas Mavericks

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Mavericks and Trailblazers have both played well offensively with Dallas averaging 116.6 points per game and Portland averaging 111.7 points per game. The Trailblazers have struggled on the defensive end, giving up 113.6 points per game, and will not be able to keep the Mavericks from hitting their season average in this game because the Mavericks are averaging 120 points per game in their last three games. The Mavericks will have more luck slowing down the Trailblazers because they have played well defensively in their last three games, holding opponents to 109.3 points per game. Even though they will be able to keep the Trailblazers from hitting their season average they won’t be able to prevent them from scoring enough points to go over the game total. With the two teams playing over the total in seven of their last 10 games, the over makes the most sense here.

Prediction: Over

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Mavericks will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Trailblazers in the first half of their games, averaging 58.5 points per game while the Trailblazers average 55.7 points per game.

Prediction: Dallas Mavericks

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The Mavericks and Trailblazers are averaging 114.2 combined points per game in the first half of their last games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.