Dallas Mavericks (2-2) vs Toronto Raptors (5-0)Date : 10/26/2018
Time : 7:30 PM ET
Location : Scotiabank Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors
The Raptors are the best team in the NBA as they will try to make it 6 wins in a row against the Dallas Mavericks while the Mavericks blew a 26 point lead against the Hawks. Game tips off at 7:30 PM ET.
Dallas Mavericks's Latest Performance :
The Dallas Mavericks weren’t able to close out a win against the Hawks as a result that cost them big time after they were them by 26 at one point. Dallas defense must improve if they want to be contenders in the West allowing 32 and 33 points in the 3rd and 4th quarter is unacceptable. The Mavericks have struggled mightily to defend the three-point line. The good news to come out of the Maverick camp is that they are expecting to get Harrison Barnes in the lineup for the first time this season Friday against the Raptors. He was one of the few Mavericks who put in court time after the film session, getting one final workout on his strained right hamstring. Barnes faces a tough matchup in his first game back as he will have to contain Leonard. Dennis Smith has to play better he has taken a step back after sharing the backcourt duties with Luka scoring only 16 points in the fourth he only made 2-of-5, no free throw attempts, no assists, and three turnovers. Luka Doncic posted 21 points (7-of-18 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs) with nine rebounds he seems to be the only bright spot in the loss against the Hawks, it will be interesting to see how he plays against the very strong Raptors team.
Toronto Raptors's Latest Performance :
It is starting to look like the Raptors got the better end of the deal as the Raptors can do no wrong with Kawhi Leonard they have now won 5 games in a row. he 5-0 record matches the best start in franchise history. Despite a new coach, a new roster, and a new playing style, the Raptors are on fire. It’s the first time in franchise history that Toronto has won five in a row while allowing at least 100 points in every game. It helps that the Raptors have averaged 117.0 points through the first five contests. Kawhi Leonard dropped a season-high 35 points including 10 points in the 4th quarter. With only five games into the season, Leonard has fit perfectly into coach Casey system since coming over from the Spurs. He should play well against the Mavs. Jonas Valanciunas only needed 20 minutes to score 16 points off the bench vs. Minnesota, going 7-of-11 from the field with two 3-pointers, nine rebounds, and two assists. He will be going up against Jordan in his next game. The Raptors are will looking to set a new record on Friday starting the season 6-0.
How Dallas Mavericks & Toronto Raptors Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Raptors are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Against The Spread Selection: Dallas Mavericks +11.5
My reason for the pick :
The Raptors will come out with the victory in this game no question about that as they will set a new franchise record but the spread is good not to choose Dallas in this one, the spread is underestimating Luka’s ability to lead this team as he should put up a good fight although Kawhi will prove to be too much for this Dallas team to handle. Kawhi is happy in Toronto.
Betting trends for Dallas Mavericks:
- Mavericks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.
Betting trends for Toronto Raptors:
- Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.