The Dallas Mavericks are shorthanded and have lost four of their last five games, but the team will be hungry for a win as they travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Dec. 27. Both teams will be missing multiple players in the health and safety protocols, including Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic and Portland head coach Chauncey Billups.
Fans have seen some fantastic matchups between these two teams in recent years. It will not be Luka vs. Dame on Monday night, but both teams will be competing hard as they look to end recent skids. Expect some mistakes with a fun back-and-forth game on Dec. 27.
Here is a look at how supporters can watch, the odds, and so much more on this contest.
Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers: How to watch
Start time: 9:00 p.m. CT or 10:00 p.m. ET
How to watch: Bally Sports Southwest- Dallas (Mavericks local market), Root Sports Portland-Plus (Trail Blazers local market)
Watch online: NBA League Pass
Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers: Injury report
The Mavs ruled out Luka Doncic, Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, and JaQuori McLaughlin in the health and safety protocols. Willie Cauley-Stein also remains away from the team dealing with a personal matter. Josh Green will make his return after spending a week in the protocols.
The Blazers have Robert Covington, Jusuf Nurkic, Cody Zeller, Keljin Blevins, Ben McLemore, Trendon Watford, and Dennis Smith Jr. in the health and safety protocols. CJ McCollum is also out as he recovers from a collapsed lung, and Damian Lillard remains questionable as he deals with a personal matter.
Both teams could announce more COVID cases, so stay tuned to social media for all the latest.
Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, the shorthanded Mavs minus-110 on the moneyline in a pick’em game against the Blazers. Both teams have multiple players in the health and safety protocols, so fans should expect anything on Monday night. The over/under for the contest is 212.5.
Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers predictions
The Mavericks pull off the win in Portland behind star performances from Kristaps Porzingis and Jalen Brunson. KP produces a 27-point double-double as JB kicks in 20 in a hard-fought Dallas victory.
Both teams are shorthanded, but the game goes over 21.2.5 as the defense is suspect on both sides. Expect a few surprise performances with so many players out on Monday night.
The Dallas Mavericks are hungry for a win, and both teams will be shorthanded on Dec. 27. Tune in to see if Dallas can pull off the victory.