Dallas Vs Toronto NBA Odds Analysis
East meets west in a battle of two very good NBA teams on Tuesday, December 22. That is when the surprising Dallas Mavericks take the trip north of the border to face a Toronto Raptors teams that I sitting pretty in the Easter Conference right now. The game will be played in the Air Canada Centre, with tip-off set for 7:30 PM EST on NBATV. For a full preview of all NBA Betting Lines click here.
Dallas Mavericks Vs Toronto Raptors NBA Odds Analysis
Both of these teams are sporting very similar records, which means it’s going to be hard to pick a winner here. The home team is always a good bet, and you can get the Toronto Raptors at straight up odds of -192. The Mavericks have been surprisingly good this season, and may be worth a look at +160. Both teams tend to play it tight to the vest, which may have an impact on the OVER/UNDER at 195.5.
Why bet on the Dallas Mavericks at odds of +4
The Dallas Mavericks have surprised a few people by getting off to a 15-12 start to the season, although things have cooled off a little of late. The Mavericks are just 5-5 in their last 10 games, but are coming off a 97-88 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Dallas does have a winning record on the road this season, going 8-7 so far. This is an older team, which may explain why they do well after a rest. Dallas are 8-3 ATS when they play after 3 or more days’ rest. They have not performed very well against teams from the east, though, and are just 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games. The Mavericks are averaging 100.7 PPG, and are giving up 100.4 PPG this season.
Why bet on the Toronto Raptors at odds of -4
The Toronto Raptors (17-12) currently occupy the 5th seed in what is a very log-jammed Eastern Conference, and find themselves just 3 games out of the top spot. Like the Mavericks, they have been a little up and down of late, and are also just 5-5 in their last 10 games. While not dominating, the Raptors are a solid 8-5 when playing on home court. The Raptors do seem to enjoy playing teams from the Southwest Division, and are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 against them. They are also 5-1 ATS when coming off an ATS loss in their last game. Toronto is averaging 99.6 PPG, and are giving up 96.5 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As I mentioned a little earlier, these two teams are actually pretty similar, both in overall record, and in their offensive and defensive numbers. In those situations, I often defer to the team playing at home. That is why I like Toronto to edge this one.
My Prediction: Dallas Stars 98 Toronto Raptors 101