NBA Dallas vs Portland Pro Hoops Lines

Betting on NBA Dallas vs Portland Pro Hoops Lines

Written by on March 22, 2016

On Wednesday night, the Dallas Mavericks head to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers in the second leg of a home-and-home series. The Mavericks won in Dallas on Sunday, prevailing 132-120 in overtime. Dallas (35-35) is in third place in the Southwest Division; Portland (36-35) is in second place in the Northwest Division. Check out the latest NBA betting spread at MyBookie.

Betting on NBA Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers Pro Hoops Lines

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 10:00 PM ETWhere: Moda Center, Portland, ORTV: KGW, FSSWRadio: Rip City Radio 620 AM / Portland Trail Blazers Radio NetworkLive Stream: NBA-Stream.comNBA Odds: TVA

Why should you bet on the Trail Blazers?

The Trail Blazers spent the first half of the season well under .500 but have roared back since January to become contenders, thanks to the spectacular play of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Lillard had 26 in the loss, and he had an open three at the end of the fourth quarter, but it bounced wide, and the game went to overtime. Lillard only went 8 for 26 from the floor, but Allen Crabbe chipped in 24 and C.J. McCollum had 22. The fact that Chandler Parsons is out for Dallas means that the Mavericks will have to have enormous efforts on offense again.

Why should you put your money on Dallas?

The Dallas Mavericks’ collective backs are to the wall. They have fallen from a high seed in the West, early in the season, to the verge of ending up in the lottery, and they played like it on Sunday. Dirk Nowitzki dropped 40 on the Trail Blazers, and Deron Williams added 31, dishing out 16 assists. All three of those numbers are season highs. In overtime, Williams knocked down a crucial three and then fed Nowitzki for eight straight points. The Mavericks have now won the first two meetings with Portland this season, which gives them a tiebreaker against Portland should they tie in the standings. Every result counts, and the Mavericks have shown over the past decade that they do not go quietly. Salah Mejri was huge on defense, blocking six shots and pulling down 14 rebounds, an effort that the Mavericks will need to see again.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think Portland will even the home-and-home series and win in Dallas. Lillard should shoot better at home, and the Trail Blazers will be aware of Mejri, who was in his first major action of the season. I’m picking the Trail Blazers to win, 121-118.