The two teams faced off in the first competition of a two-game mini-series on Friday, where CJ McCollum showed his offensive prowess (32 points, 7 three points), bringing home the victory for the beleaguered Portland Trail Blazers. CJ’s Backyard Partner and Top MVP Candidate Damian lillard was his illustrious self, dropping 31 points in 34 minutes off the floor while Melo unleashed a light on the bench with 18 points.
For the Dallas Mavericks, he was the usual suspect Luka Doncic who collected a near triple-double with 38 points, nine assists and as many rebounds for their 19th loss of the campaign. Kristaps Porzingis had a slow night (11 points) while Tim hardaway Jr. took over on offense with 25 points in 40 minutes off the ground.
The Portland Trail Blazers are now seeking a three-game sweep from the Dallas Mavericks as the players take center stage at the Moda Center tonight.
How to watch the Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers game?
Time: 10:00 p.m. (Eastern Time); 7:30 a.m. (Indian Standard Time).
Location: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Dallas Mavericks: Team News
The Dallas Mavericks possess a high octane offense that can defeat any team in the association, but continues to be unpredictable. Luka Doncic and co. gave fans an exciting shootout between two enigmatic teams from the West. But after putting in three good quarterbacks, the Dallas Mavericks remained cold in the fourth, managing to score just 21 points in response to Portland’s 32 points in the final 12 minutes of the game.
The biggest scenario playing out for the Dallas Mavericks this season is the shortcomings of Kristaps Porzingis, which despite a lot of promises was largely a disappointment. In order for the team to bounce back in the final game of the miniseries, KP will need to find their rhythm and help Luka Doncic back the team against a Portland Trail Blazers team that is shooting all cylinders.
On the injury report, the Dallas Mavericks have listed their center Willie Cauley-Stein, who will be out due to the league’s strict health and safety protocols. They could be without him for an extended period without any clarity on his return yet. Tyrell Terry, who was out for Sunday’s contest, is being watched on a day-to-day basis while James Johnson remains out for personal reasons.
Portland Trail Blazers: Team News
The Portland Trail Blazers look scary with CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combining for 63 points to overtake the Dallas Mavericks. The duo caught fire in the fourth quarter as Terry Stotts recorded the 500th victory of his coaching career. The Portland Trail Blazers are now tied for 5th in the West, alongside the Denver Nuggets at 25-16.
The Blazers have done an exceptional job staying above .600 this season, considering their injuries. Dame Dolla has a great crew backing her this campaign and the team looks set to make a playoff run later in the year. In 40 games, Lillard averaged a stunning 30.6 points on a 45.6% shooting display. He shoots 38.9% from depth and 93.9% from the free throw line.
On the injury report, the Portland Trail Blazers are awaiting star center-caliber Jusuf Nurkic to return to the NBA. Several reports indicate that the Bosnian balloon could be back in the next two weeks. The return of the team to top form should ease Dame’s responsibilities. Meanwhile, Zach Collins remains out for the season with a serious left ankle injury.