Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 5 matchup against the Dallas Mavericks. These two teams have much different looks about them than they’ve had in the past, but that doesn’t mean the game has lost any of its appeal. Normally the key matchup in this contest would be between LaMarcus Aldridge and Dirk Nowitzki, but with Nowitzki out to begin the season, the battle belongs to Wesley Matthews and O.J. Mayo. Damian Lillard versus Darren Collison will also be fun.
Jason Green weighs in with his Portland Trailblazers vs. Dallas Mavericks Saturday NBA basketball Preview and a free nba prediction to boot. NBA odds favor the Mavericks by 4.5. The over/under is set at 186.5. The Blazers 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog. Dirk Nowitzki has snapped out of his scoring slump recently. Gerald Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge will be dealing with a good Mavs’ defense.