Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 16 (Portland Earns Third Straight Road Win)

Larry Rupp
Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Rick Bowmer
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Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers Game Info

  • Date: Friday, December 16, 2022
  • Time: 8:30 PM ET
  • Venue: American Airlines Center -- Dallas, Texas
  • Coverage: BSSW and ROOT Sports NW

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Friday with 10 more games, including a battle between the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks. The Trail Blazers rank fifth in the Western Conference with a 16-12 record, while the Mavericks check in ninth with a 14-14 record. This lines up as a great game.

Portland enters riding a three-game winning streak that includes a 128-112 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Dallas' 105-90 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday was its third in its last four games. Which team will emerge victorious on Friday night?

Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: DAL: (-174) | POR: (+146)
  • Spread: DAL: -4 (-110) | POR: +4 (-110)
  • Total: 225.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Mavericks enter this contest as small home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 225.5 points, which is about average compared to the rest of Friday's projected totals.

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Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers Betting Trends

  • The Mavericks went 46-35-1 ATS last season.
  • As 4-point underdogs or greater, the Trail Blazers went 16-29-2 against the spread last season.
  • Last season, 31 Mavericks games hit the over.
  • In 82 Trail Blazers games last season, 36 of them hit the over.

Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers Prediction & Pick

Momentum plays a crucial role in earning NBA success and these teams have completely opposite momentums right now. The Blazers are dominating on both ends of the court. They are putting up 128.3 points (No. 3 in NBA) and allowing only 114.0 points (No. 11 in NBA) over their last three games.

Dallas is shooting just 42.4% from the floor (No. 26 in NBA) and logging only 47.0 rebounds (No. 26 in NBA) over its last three games. An offense that regularly bricks shots and lacks second-chance opportunities is not going to win many games, even if it is playing in front of a rowdy home crowd.

Look for Damian Lillard to come out motivated and exact revenge on a team he lost to in early November.

Final Score Prediction: Mavericks: 113 | Trail Blazers: 116

Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers Best Bet

This game previews as a toss up more than it does a game in which the Mavericks should pull away in. Keep in mind Portland outranks Dallas in important statistical categories such as offensive efficiency, three-point shooting percentage, total rebounds per game and opponent shooting percentage.

Grabbing the Trail Blazers at +4 seems like a steal. Portland is an impressive 6-0 against the spread (ATS) over its last six games and 11-4 ATS in its last 15 away games. On the other side, Dallas is a dismal 5-14-1 ATS in its last 20 games and hasn't covered the spread in any of its last four games.

Bet: Portland Trail Blazers +4 (-110)

Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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