Toronto Raptors (36-15) vs Dallas Mavericks (22-26)Date : 01/27/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Toronto Raptors vs Dallas Mavericks
The Toronto Raptors will visit American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, to battle the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Mavericks look to go undefeated during their current three-game homestand as they are coming off of a victory versus the Detroit Pistons in their last time out as Luka Doncic held down the scoring, once again, for the Mavericks as he posted 32 points in the win while also getting healthy contributions on both sides of the floor from various other players en route to the victory. In all, the Mavericks shot just 46% from the floor in the game while hitting 14 three-pointers as they used a 39 point second quarter in which to wrestle control of the contest while Doncic was able to do the rest as he also pulled down eight rebounds while dishing out 8 assists in the victory.
The Toronto Raptors began their three-game road trip in disastrous fashion as they have dropped their first two games after falling to the Houston Rockets in their last outing as James Harden was able to score 30 or more points in his 22nd straight game as the home team never trailed once in this contest. Also, Kenneth Faried also provided a lift to the Houston Rockets as he posted 21 points on the night while Eric Gordon also chipped in 24 points in the victory as well. Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points while pulling down seven rebounds in addition to having five assists, yet was not able to convert on a late 3-pointer which could have sealed the victory for the visitors as James Harden played superb defense in defending in the failed attempt.
Toronto Raptors's Latest Performance :
As stated, the Toronto Raptors got 32 points from Kawhi Leonard on the night yet the Toronto Raptors were not able to cut into an early 22-point lead for the Houston Rockets as the Rockets were able to continue their consistency late in the game in which to come up with some critical shots to seal the victory versus a resilient Toronto squad that certainly did not want to suffer the defeat. Danny Green along with Pascal siakam had 22 points each for the Raptors while Serge Ibaka finished the game recording a double-double with 12 points along with 14 rebounds in the loss.
And while I am sure that the defensive strategy on the night was to limit quality looks at the basket for All-Star James Harden, the shooting guard posted 35 points on the night as he proceeded to record his 22nd 30 + point night of the season.
Danny Green, who led Toronto’s effort to slow Harden down thought they did a ”decent job” on him. ”We wanted the other guys to beat us and they did, and they did well,” he said. ”They shot well and Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker and Faried, we made those guys look really good tonight. We have to do a better job of … doing both – stopping one guy and limiting the other guys from getting into rhythm as well.”
The Toronto Raptors now look to you somehow neutralize a rising star in Donic for the Mavericks as he has certainly been on a tear lately as well as throughout the season. In all, Toronto will certainly be looking to atone for a lackluster defensive performance versus the Houston Rockets while also taming an offense for Dallas that this possesses a balanced scoring attack while also performing well in their last two home games, overall.
Dallas Mavericks's Latest Performance :
Luka Doncic, as stated, continued his stellar play for the Dallas Mavericks as he poured in 32 points in their win versus the Detroit Pistons in their last time out as Max Kleber was also able to chip in a crucial 12 points for Dallas as he hit a crucial 3-pointer late in the game while also coming up with huge defensive plays in the latter minutes in which to seal the victory for the Mavericks. Blake Griffin was able to record his 8th 30-point game in the last 11 outings for the Pistons, yet, he was unable to convert down the stretch as Kleber made sure to protect the rim as the final seconds ticked off the clock, thus handing the Detroit Pistons yet another defeat while Dallas was able to pick up its 18th win in 24 home games.
”The game was won at the defensive end, which was great to see,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. ”It was a game we have to have as we try to claw our way back into the playoff picture.” Aside from coming up with timely defensive stops late in the game, the Mavericks allowed Detroit to only 41% shooting from the floor on the night as Andre Drummond also chipped in 23 points while pulling down 15 rebounds for Detroit in the loss.
In all, Dallas will be looking to continue their winning play while also maintaining their overall edge on the defensive side of the floor versus a Toronto team that will certainly be looking to get back onto the court in which to atone for a recent loss to the Houston Rockets.
How Toronto Raptors & Dallas Mavericks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Toronto is 23 – 28 ATS while the OU is 29 – 22
Dallas is 28 – 19 – 1 ATS while the OU is 22 – 26
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a very exciting matchup between the Toronto Raptors and the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday afternoon as the Mavericks will certainly be looking to continue their dominance at American Airlines Center. On the other hand, Toronto, as stated, will be looking to atone for a rally that fell short versus the Houston Rockets in the last time out. Of course, one should expect the defense to be the tip of the spear for the Raptors in this contest as the Mavericks will be looking to push the pace early and often in which to catch Toronto on its heels throughout.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Dallas Mavericks
My reason for the pick :
As stated, the Mavericks have simply been dominant at home lately as well as throughout the season, and will continue to do so in this matchup versus a tough Toronto team that will be looking to get back in the win column after their loss to the Rockets. Nonetheless, this will not be as Dallas will make some headway versus Toronto early on while also pushing the pace throughout the duration of the game to pick up buckets in transition and / or get to the free-throw line. This strategy will certainly work well for the home team as they will also hunker down on the defensive end, as they are allowing opponents just 100 points per game in their last two outings, in which to neutralize Toronto’s offense while squeaking out an all important victory in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in the last 5 games, overall, for the Dallas Mavericks while also being the result in four of the last five games for the Toronto Raptors. In other words, both teams are playing outstanding on the defensive end of the floor these days as these trends will certainly continue in this matchup as one will certainly see two up and down offenses labor throughout much of the contest due to the solid play of both defensive units.
Betting trends for Toronto Raptors:
- Raptors are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
Over is 6-1 in Raptors last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Over is 5-1 in Raptors last 6 road games.
Betting trends for Dallas Mavericks:
- Dallas Under is 5-0 in Mavericks last 5 overall.
Under is 4-0 in Mavericks last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Under is 4-0 in Mavericks last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.