The Dallas Mavericks continue their road trip with a stop in Toronto on Saturday to face the Raptors. The Mavericks are 9-8 on the season while the Raptors come in with as record of 9-9. Dallas has won 4 straight against Toronto including a 111-110 win on Nov. 4 at Dallas. But Toronto has covered the spread in three of those four losses. Tipoff is at 5:00 p.m. EST at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Doncic drops 42 in lossThis is the second game of a three-game road trip for the Mavericks and none of these games are easy. They lost at Boston on Wednesday, 125-112 and it was their third loss in their last four games. That dropped them to 9-8 on the season, 1.5 games behind New Orleans in the Southwest Division and 10th in the Western Conference. After this game with Toronto, it gets tougher as they head to Milwaukee to face the Bucks.
Luka Doncic tonight ⬇️— Coast 2 Coast (@Coast2CoastNBA) November 24, 2022
60.7% FG (17/28)
The Mavs are 9-8 after tonight’s loss to the Celtics pic.twitter.com/KLsYAU2KLk
In the loss to the Celtics, it was the same old story as Luka Doncic went off for 42 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists, but it wasn't enough. Christian Wood had a nice game too with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Spencer Dinwiddie added 15 points. But beyond those three there wasn't much else. Doncic is the NBA's leading scorer with 34 points per game. The Mavericks average 109.2 points per game, which ranks 24th in the NBA, but they give up just 106.5 points per game, which is the best in the league.
Shorthanded Raptors fall to NetsThe Toronto Raptors have also dropped two straight games. They lost a 124-122 buzzer-beater at Atlanta last Saturday as the Hawks' AJ Griffin hit a shot as time expired to win it, and then they followed that up with a 112-98 loss at home versus Brooklyn on Wednesday. In the loss to the Nets, the Raptors were terrible from the floor, shooting just 35.6% from the floor and 24.1% from three-point range.
To be fair, the Raptors were without their three best players, Scottie Barnes, Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam. Siakam remains out until early December while Barnes and VanVleet are questionable for this game. Against the Nets, the Raptors were led by Gary Trent with 19 points while OG Anunoby had 15 points and Chris Boucher chipped in with 12 points and 16 rebounds. The Raptors average 111.7 points per game, which ranks 15th, while they give up 110.1 points per game, which ranks 10th in the league.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
If the Mavericks are going to snag a game on this road trip, this is the game they are going to win. The Raptors are the lesser of the three teams, but also, they are banged up with the potential for their three best players to be out. No one can really stop Doncic, so he will do his thing, and he has been getting some support from Wood and Dinwiddie. That should be enough to take care of a depleted Raptors team. The real strength of this Mavericks team, outside of Doncic, is its defense, ranked No. 1 in scoring defense. They should be able to hold down the Raptors and walk away with a win. Take Dallas to cover.
Full-Game Total Pick
As mentioned, the real strength of this team is its defense, as they rank first in fewest points allowed per game. Toronto is down a few weapons and they haven't even been that efficient at full strength, ranking near the bottom of the league in shooting percentage and 3-point shooting percentage. Plus they rank in the bottom third in pace of play. Dallas is dead last in pace of play, so combined with their strong defense, they will look to grind this into a half-court game with long possessions. Ultimately, this game will fall below the total, as 5 of their last 7 head to head matchups have. Take the under here.