Through 3 Quarters
The Dallas Mavericks were expected to win this one, and they are just one quarter away from fulfilling that expectation. After three quarters it’s looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the Portland Trail Blazers as the Mavericks lead 98-85.
Dallas has been relying on point guard Luka Doncic, who has almost posted a triple-double on 13 points, 13 assists, and eight boards, and point guard Jalen Brunson, who has nine points and eight assists along with five rebounds. One thing to keep an eye out for is Kristaps Porzingis’ foul situation as he currently sits at four.
The top scorer for Portland has been shooting guard CJ McCollum (20 points). CJ McCollum has also picked up four fouls, though.
Rip City has lost 86% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this season, so this one seems just about wrapped up
Dallas @ Portland
Current Records: Dallas 27-21; Portland 20-27
What to Know
The Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks will face off at 10 p.m. ET Jan. 26 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter without much rest after finishing up games yesterday. Given that both teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this game.
Portland was close but no cigar on Tuesday as they fell 109-107 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite the defeat, Rip City had strong showings from small forward Nassir Little, who had 20 points along with eight rebounds, and center Jusuf Nurkic, who posted a double-double on 20 points and 14 boards. That makes it six consecutive games in which Nurkic has had at least 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, there’s no need to mince words: Dallas lost to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, and they lost bad. The score wound up at 130-92. The Mavericks were down 97-78 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Power forward Kristaps Porzingis had a pretty forgettable game, playing for 25 minutes but putting up just nine points on 4-for-15 shooting.
Rip City is expected to lose this next one by 4.5. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread, however, as they are currently on a three-game streak of ATS wins.
The losses put Portland at 20-27 and Dallas at 27-21. A couple defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Portland has allowed their opponents to shoot 47.30% from the floor on average, which is the second highest shooting percentage allowed in the league. The Mavericks’ defense has more to brag about, as they they enter the matchup with only 103.1 points allowed per game on average, good for third best in the league. So the cards are definitely stacked in their favor.
How To Watch
When: Wednesday at 10 p.m. ETWhere: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter — Portland, OregonTV: Bally Sports Southwest PlusOnline streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)Follow: CBS Sports AppTicket Cost: $24.88
The Mavericks are a 4.5-point favorite against the Trail Blazers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Mavericks as a 4-point favorite.
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Portland and Dallas both have 11 wins in their last 22 games.
Dec 27, 2021 – Dallas 132 vs. Portland 117Mar 21, 2021 – Dallas 132 vs. Portland 92Mar 19, 2021 – Portland 125 vs. Dallas 119Feb 14, 2021 – Portland 121 vs. Dallas 118Aug 11, 2020 – Portland 134 vs. Dallas 131Jan 23, 2020 – Dallas 133 vs. Portland 125Jan 17, 2020 – Dallas 120 vs. Portland 112Oct 27, 2019 – Portland 121 vs. Dallas 119Mar 20, 2019 – Portland 126 vs. Dallas 118Feb 10, 2019 – Dallas 102 vs. Portland 101Dec 23, 2018 – Portland 121 vs. Dallas 118Dec 04, 2018 – Dallas 111 vs. Portland 102Apr 03, 2018 – Dallas 115 vs. Portland 109Jan 26, 2018 – Portland 107 vs. Dallas 93Jan 20, 2018 – Portland 117 vs. Dallas 108Feb 07, 2017 – Portland 114 vs. Dallas 113Feb 03, 2017 – Dallas 108 vs. Portland 104Dec 21, 2016 – Dallas 96 vs. Portland 95Nov 04, 2016 – Portland 105 vs. Dallas 95Mar 23, 2016 – Portland 109 vs. Dallas 103Mar 20, 2016 – Dallas 132 vs. Portland 120Dec 01, 2015 – Dallas 115 vs. Portland 112
Injury Report for Portland
Robert Covington: Out (Knee)Dennis Smith Jr.: Out (Ankle)Nassir Little: Out (Shoulder)Larry Nance Jr.: Out (Knee)Damian Lillard: Out (Abdomen)Cody Zeller: Out (Knee)
Injury Report for Dallas
Sterling Brown: Out (Foot)Tim Hardaway Jr.: Out (Foot)