The Dallas Mavericks face the Portland Trail Blazers on the first night of a back-to-back set on Friday evening. Superstar Luka Doncic and company have lost three of their last four games, including being blown out by the Cavaliers in their last game. Dallas looks to bounce back against Portland, who they defeated in early November in the first of four meetings this season.
The Blazers have won three straight and five of their last six as they come to Dallas. Damian Lillard is white hot as he is averaging 37.8 points on 54.5 percent shooting from the field over his last four games. Slowing down Portland will be no easy task on Friday night.
Luka versus Lillard has produced some epic showdowns in the past, and Dec. 16 figures to be no different. This is a game that fans won’t want to miss, so here is a look at the odds, injury report, how to watch, and more.
Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers odds, spread, over/under
According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, the Mavs are 3.5-point favorites heading into Friday’s game, and they sit at minus-168 on the moneyline. The over/under for the contest is set at 222.5.
FanDuel is expecting a scoring duel between Luka Doncic and Damian Lillard. Luka’s over/under is set at 32.5 points with Damian Lillard at 28.5 points. Expect the two superstars to put on a show at the American Airlines Center on Friday night.
Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers injury report
Davis Bertans is listed as questionable with a non-COVID illness for the Mavericks. He figures to be part of their rotation on Friday night if healthy enough to play. Maxi Kleber will miss extended time with his hamstring tear, and Josh Green was ruled out because of an elbow sprain. McKinley Wright IV and Tyler Dorsey will also miss Friday’s game as they play with the Legends in the G League.
Portland ruled out Gary Payton II (conditioning), Nassir Little (head), and Greg Brown III (G League) for Friday’s game. Josh Hart (ankle), Drew Eubanks (tooth), and Trendon Watford (Achilles) are listed as probable and should all be in action against the Mavericks.
Be sure to check social media for any late-breaking information just before tipoff.
Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers how to watch
Start time: 7:30 p.m. CT or 8:30 p.m. ET
TV channels: Bally Sports Southwest- Dallas (Mavericks' local market), Root Sports Portland-plus (Blazers' local market)
How to watch online: Bally Sports-plus or NBA League Pass
Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers predictions
Luka Doncic goes for 42 points as the Mavericks make it two straight wins against the Blazers. The 23-year-old superstar is eager to bust the team’s slump, and he goes off on Friday night. Doncic falls just one rebound shy of a triple-double as Dallas moves back above .500 on the season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. gets locked in on Dec. 16 as he finishes with 23 points and Spencer Dinwiddie drops 19 in the Mavericks win. Damian Lillard counters with 34 for the Blazers, but Dallas gets the upper hand at the American Airlines Center.
Dallas Mavericks' next game and schedule
The Mavs wrap up their homestand on Friday night before heading out on the road for a four-game trip that starts on Saturday in Cleveland. Here is a look at their next three games after Friday night.
Dec. 17 at Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:00 p.m. CT
Dec. 19 at Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:00 p.m. CT
Dec. 21 at Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:00 p.m. CT
The Dallas Mavericks need a win on Friday night. Fans know Luka Doncic and Damian Lillard always put on a show when facing off, so be sure to tune in and enjoy the game.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.