Sunday's matchup between the Portland Trail Blazers (15-10) and Dallas Mavericks (13-14) is the first meeting between the two during the 2020-21 season. The remaining two regular season games are slated for the Second Half of the season.
Portland and Dallas split the season series last season, 2-2. The two have split the series each of the past two seasons.
The Trail Blazers have listed Rodney Hood (left foot sprain) as questionable, while CJ McCollum (left midfoot fracture), Jusuf Nurkic (right wrist fracture) and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) are out for Sunday’s game at Dallas.
For the Mavericks, Tyler Bey (G League - on assignment), Nate Hinton (G League - on assignment) and Tyrell Terry (G League - on assignment) are out.
Dallas is coming off a 143-130 victory over the Pelicans Friday night behind Luka Doncic’s 46 points.
At home so far this season, the Mavericks are 6-7.
Following Friday’s win, our Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes discussed how the Trail Blazers clobbered the Cavaliers to sweep homestand and sit fifth in the West:
Injured players of high quality -- CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, to name just three -- have been sitting on the sidelines for a good portion of the season.
Yet, here are the Portland Trail Blazers, after sweeping a three-game homestand, now sitting at 15-10 and in fifth place in the loaded Western Conference.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were easy pickings for Portland Friday night, falling 129-110 in a game that wasn’t really that close. And it was another of those full-squad wins, with a lot of players pitching in to make it happen.
The Cavs, who lost by 38 in Denver Wednesday, were buried from the outset and never held a lead. The Blazers led 23-6 a little more than halfway through the first quarter and just coasted home like a fully waxed sled down a steep southwest Portland hill.
“I thought it was a very solid homestand,” Coach Terry Stotts said. “Orlando, Philly and in the game tonight, I thought each game was a very solid win in its own way.
“I like the way we played in each of those games in a different way. Orlando was the kind of a game that we were able to control for the most part. Philadelphia obviously was a great win for us. And then tonight we came out with good energy at both ends.
“I liked what we did. We took care of business that we needed to take care of and, you know, kept our starters under 30 minutes in the game -- that was a positive.”
The Portland backcourt was solid, with Gary Trent scoring 26, Damian Lillard 20 and Anfernee Simons 16. And Carmelo Anthony scored 23 in just 20:22.
Enes Kanter just continued to roll along toward one of the great offensive-rebound seasons in team history. He hauled in seven of them for the second game in a row, had 13 total boards and also made 9 of 11 shots on his way to 21 points, playing against Andre Drummond, a man much bigger than he is.
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The Blazers are +5 point underdogs against the Mavs, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
Here’s what you need to know about Sunday’s matchup --
- Damian Lillard averaged 42.5 points (53.3% FG, 42.9% 3-PT, 90.2 FT%), 3.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists in four games against the Mavericks last season, including a career-best 61 point performance on August 11. Lillard has scored at least 28 points in each of his last 12 games against Dallas.
- Carmelo Anthony averaged 21.3 points (46.3% FG, 42.9% 3-PT, 80.0% FT), 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in three games against the Mavericks last season. Anthony has scored at least 20 points in six of his last nine games against Dallas, dating back to the 2015-16 season.
- In four games against the Trail Blazers last season, Luka Doncic averaged 29.0 points (42.7% FG, 33.3% 3-PT, 70.3% FT), 8.5 rebounds and 8.8 assists. Doncic has scored at least 20 points in all eight of his career games against Portland.
- Kristaps Porzingis averaged 29.3 points (56.9% FG, 56.5% 3-PT, 73.9% FT), 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.00 blocks in three games against the Trail Blazers last season. Porzingis hit a career-high seven three-pointers on Aug. 11, 2020 against Portland.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: +5 (-110) – Mavericks: -5 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Sunday, February 14
Where:American Airlines Center | Dallas, Texas
Start time: 4:30 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
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