|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Dallas Mavericks||+4 -109||TBA||+138|
|Toronto Raptors||-4 -112||TBA||-167|
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The Dallas Mavericks have been struggling in their last two to contrast Toronto’s successes. Toronto’s perimeter defense has been much improved as of late, likely to cause Dallas issues due to their lack of playmakers.
Toronto Raptors to Win (-167)
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|Mavericks vs Raptors Information|
|What||Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors|
|Where||Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida|
|When||7:30 PM EST, January 18th, 2021|
|How to Watch||TSN, Fox Sports Southwest|
|Dallas Mavericks||Head-to-Head||Toronto Raptors|
|Rick Carlisle||Head Coach||Nick Nurse|
|6-6 (7th in West)||Standing||4-8 (12th in East)|
|109.9 (16th of 30)||Off Rtg||110.4 (15th of 30)|
|105.6 (3rd of 30)||Def Rtg||111.0 (20th of 30)|
|98.5 (24th of 30)||Pace||101.0 (12th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|L. Doncic (27.5)||PPG||F. Vanvleet (20.1)|
|L. Doncic (9.6)||RPG||P. Siakam (8.3)|
|L. Doncic (8.8)||APG||K. Lowry (7.1)|
|J. Johnson (1.5)||SPG||O. Anunoby (2.1)|
|K. Porzingis (2.0)||BPG||C. Boucher (2.5)|
|W. Cauley-Stein (.641)/L. Doncic (9.9)||FG%/FGM||C. Boucher (.596)/F. Vanvleet (7.3)|
|M. Kleber (.471)/T. Hardaway (3.8)||3P%/3PM||M. Thomas (.538)/F. Vanvleet (3.6)|
How can Luka Doncic, the Mavericks’ assist leader, do more to initiate the offense despite already averaging 8.8 assists per game? That’s up to the Mavericks to solve, but it was Doncic himself who said that his selfishness led to the team’s downfall against the Bulls.
Doncic contributed 15 assists in the Mavericks’ 117-101 loss to the Chicago Bulls. While his 30 point, 16 rebound, and 15 assist triple-double were impressive it wasn’t enough to spur them to victory. Doncic blamed himself, as he accounted for 15 of the team’s 18 dimes.
While Doncic will be key in sparking the Mavericks’ offense, especially against a disciplined Raptors side, head coach Rick Carlisle will surely expect more from Trey Burke and rookie Tyrell Terry in the playmaking department.
The Toronto Raptors got off to a difficult start to open the season. After losing eight of their first ten, head coach Nick Nurse transitioned to a more up-tempo style to make up for their early scoring issues.
The Raptors rank first in the NBA in fast-break points, 18.2 per game. With an athletic frontcourt, the Raptors have some of the best places in the league, regardless of position.
With the Mavericks’ size advantage, you can expect the Raptors to double-down on their fast-break game plan. First, they’ll have to sort out their issues on the glass, but in terms of speed, the Mavericks are no match.
Porzingis with the poster ??
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 17, 2021
The Dallas Mavericks finally got Kristaps Porzingis back in the lineup, but his contributions against the Bulls were inconsistent to say the least.
Porzingis scored 20 points, collected eight rebounds, and had two blocks in the Mavericks’ loss. He was outplayed by Markkanen and struggled to defend as he committed five fouls. Most alarmingly, Porzingis was 0-7 from three.
The Latvian star will have another difficult night ahead as he will face athletic big men Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher when he takes on the Raptors. Finding his range will be crucial, as the switch-happy Raptors give up a lot of three-point attempts per game.
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) January 17, 2021
It seems just like yesterday that Powell was an up-and-coming young talent in the NBA, but he is now a veteran crucial to the Raptors’ success. While Powell has struggled in Toronto’s first 12 games, there’s a clear correlation between his performance and the Raptors’ success.
In the Raptors’ eight losses, Powell is averaging 8.3 points on 28.6% shooting from the field. In victories, Powell contributes 18.5 points on 52.2% shooting from the field.
As the Raptors’ most capable scorer off the bench, Powell needs to be engaged for the Raptors to come away with a victory. Powell will be the difference in ensuring the Raptors don’t fall behind when the starters take a break.
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