The Dallas Mavericks are thriving on their homestand and go for their season-high fifth consecutive victory when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. The Mavericks have won five of six following a six-game losing streak and are coming off a 143-130 victory over New Orleans. The Trail Blazers also have won five of their last six after completing a perfect three-game homestand.
Tip-off from American Airlines Arena in Dallas is for 7:30 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists Dallas as a five-point favorite, while the over-under is 236 in the latest Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers odds. Before making any Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks spread: Mavericks -5
- Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks over-under: 236 points
- Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks money line: Mavericks -200, Trail Blazers +175
- DAL: The Mavericks have shot over 50 percent in three straight games
- POR: The Trail Blazers rank fourth in the league at 115.2 points per game
Why the Trail Blazers can cover
Lillard had a relatively quiet game in Friday's 129-110 drubbing of Cleveland, missing all six 3-point attempts and scoring 20 points after netting at least 30 in eight of the previous 11 contests. He is averaging 29.0 points and 7.2 two assists this season. Lillard turned in a memorable performance in the last matchup against Dallas in August, pouring in 61 points while burying nine 3-pointers.
Carmelo Anthony is providing a huge offensive spark off the bench, scoring at least 20 points in five of the last six games and averaging 23.3 during the perfect three-game homestand. He was superb from long range over the past three games, connecting on 12 of 22 3-point attempts. Center Enes Kanter had 21 points and 13 rebounds in Portland's victory over Cleveland, recording his ninth double-double over the past 10 games.
Why the Mavericks can cover
While Luka Doncic has led the team in scoring in 12 of the last 13 games, Kristaps Porzingis is coming on strong after a late start to the season due to knee surgery. The 7-foot-3 center scored a season-high 36 points in Friday's victory to push his season average to 20.7 points. Porzingis led a barrage of 25 3-pointers by the Mavericks by knocking down 8-of-13 attempts from behind the arc.
When Dallas last faced Portland in August, Porzingis turned in a similar performance with 36 points while canning 7-of-9 3-pointers. Forward Dorian Finney-Smith matched his season high with 14 points on Friday and also joined in the long-range party by knocking down 4-of-5 attempts from distance. Dallas was the second-worst 3-point shooting team in the NBA before busting out against New Orleans.
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