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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Toronto Raptors||+13 (-110)
|Dallas Mavericks||-13 (-112)
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|Due to injuries, the Toronto Raptors are significantly lacking in the talent department. Dallas on the other hand have the edge, looking for revenge for their earlier loss to the Raptors this season.|
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|Toronto Raptors vs Dallas Mavericks Information|
|Teams||Toronto Raptors vs Dallas Mavericks|
|Location||American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas|
|Time||9:00 PM EST, May 14th, 2021|
|How to Watch||TSN, Bally Sports Southwest|
|Toronto Raptors||Head-to-Head||Dallas Mavericks|
|Nick Nurse||Head Coach||Rick Carlisle|
|27-43 (12th in East)||Standing||41-29 (6th in West)|
|112.2 (15th of 30)||Off Rtg||115.2 (9th of 30)|
|112.3 (14th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.7 (18th of 30)|
|99.2 (13th of 30)||Pace||97.3 (24th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|P. Siakam (21.4)||PPG||L. Doncic (28.0)|
|K. Birch (7.4)||RPG||K. Porzingis (9.0)|
|K. Lowry (7.3)||APG||L. Doncic (8.6)|
|F. Vanvleet (1.7)||SPG||J. Richardson (1.1)|
|C. Boucher (1.9)||BPG||K. Porzingis (1.4)|
|K. Birch (.580)/P. Siakam (7.8)||FG%/FGM||W. Cauley-Stein (.635)/L. Doncic (9.9)|
|J. Harris (.500)/F. Vanvleet (3.3)||3P%/3PM||M. Kleber (.410)/L. Doncic, T. Hardaway (3.0)|
The Toronto Raptors are coming off of a loss to the Chicago Bulls. In that match they had just eight players available, seven when you consider Yuta Watanabe was taken off for injury after just nine minutes of play.
The Raptors weren’t dreadful on the offensive end, but they certainly weren’t considered good. In their loss they shot just 44.4% from the field, and 33.3% from three-point range.
The Raptors’ scoring was well spread out, by nature of their lack of bodies. Defeating the Mavericks will be an uphill battle, but they can overcome their lack of individual talent by getting out and running for easy baskets.
Have a NIGHT, Stanley Johnson ?
? 35 PTS (career high)
? 6 3PM (career high)
? 10 REB
? 5 AST
? 3 STL
? 63.5 FPTS (career high) pic.twitter.com/jABNG1JUnE
— NBA Fantasy (@NBAFantasy) May 14, 2021
The Toronto Raptors are begging for production from any position, but in their last game against the Chicago Bulls they found it from an unlikely place.
In his last game, Stanley Johnson posted 35 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 43 minutes of play.
Johnson played every position on the court, doing surprisingly well as an individual scorer. You can’t expect such production from him again, but he’ll definitely be running the offence for the Raptors frequently.
The Dallas Mavericks will be playing the Toronto Raptors in their second-to-last game of the season. While they look like they should have control of the match, they can’t grow complacent.
The Mavs showed their maturity in their 125-107 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. While Dallas was facing a depleted side they maintained their quality, shooting 49% from the field and committing just eight turnovers on the evening.
The Raptors will likely try to get up and down to court, to avoid a halfcourt battle. Dallas will need to ensure they can change up their pace without getting sloppy.
“I think we’re right where we need to be right before the playoffs… we’ve done the work and now we can just go out there and leave everything out there in the playoffs.”
— Bally Sports Southwest (@BallySportsSW) May 13, 2021
Kristaps Porzingis’ play will be ramped up as the Dallas Mavericks are preparing themselves for any post-season possibility. He has an advantage against the small Raptors frontline that head coach Rick Carlisle surely wants to exploit.
In his return against the Pelicans, Porzingis posted 19 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes of play.
His size and ability on the inside and out will be a massive issue for the Raptors, who allowed 17 threes in their last game.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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