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Blazers Look to Make the Mavs Run For Cover in Dallas

submitted 2 years ago by in Daily Empire | Game Preview

Team Records: Portland (34-16) at Dallas (34-18)

Game Info: 5:30 p.m., TV on CSNNW, Radio on 620 AM

Vegas Line: Dallas -2.5

Refs: Bill Kennedy, Derrick Collins, LeRoy Richardson

 

The Skinny: The Blazers look to win their third straight as they travel to Dallas for the first half of a Texas back to back.  Dallas has won four of their last five games.  However, the Mavs are without Rondo, which means Felton has to play and we all know how well that usually goes.

 

Last Time They Met: The Blazers broke open a close game in the third to win 108-87.  It was Portland’s largest margin of victory over Dallas since 1998.

 

Projected Mavericks Lineup:

PF: Dirk Nowitzki (Germany, 17th season) – 18.2 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2 APG

SF: Chandler Parsons (Florida, 4th Season) – 15.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.3 APG

C: Tyson Chandler (Dominguez (HS), 14th Season) – 10.9 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 1.3 APG

SG: Monta Ellis (Lanier (HS), 10th season) – 20.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.6 APG

PG: JJ Barea (Northeastern, 9th Season) – 7.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1. APG

 

Monta Ellis

Image Courtesy of the Associated Press

Player to Watch:  Monta Ellis (pictured at right) – Monta has it all, indeed he certainly can at times.  After starting his career as a scorer and high volume shooter, Monta has expanded his game and is now an underrated passer.  He still shoots, quite a lot, with 17.5 attempts per game and does a good job of attacking, hitting occasionally from deep and drawing fouls.  He’s not a very good defender but that’s not why the Mavs got him.  They got him because they can score points in bunches.

 

Did You Know?: Rick Carlisle recorded his 500th career win as head coach against Portland on 2/6/2013.

Song of the Day:  “Cuppycake Song” by Cuppycake.  Felton’s jam.  Enjoy:

Injury Updates:

Portland: Out-PF/C Joel Freeland (Shoulder)

Dallas: Out-PG Rajon Rondo (Orbital Fracture)

 

Re-Evaluating Dallas: Fun with Mark Cuban

There may be no more polarizing owner in the NBA than Mark Cuban but, in my view, there may be no more fun owner in the NBA than Cuban.  You may deny it, but Cuban is living the dream.  He made his money and now he’s enjoying the fruits of his labor, hanging out with sports stars, being a true fan and dropping $110k on a celebration at a Miami nightclub the night they won the title a few years ago.  He’s mellowed a bit over the years but he is still that fun loving, polarizing, ref baiting figure of old, living life and just enjoying the ride.

 

The Bottom Line:

Portland wins if: They limit Dallas’s 3 point shooting.  The Mavs live and die by the jump shot.  Make them attack you inside and they become far less effective.  If Portland can do so, they should win.

Dallas wins if: They hold Portland under 100 points.  The Mavs are a bad defensive team but if they can hold Portland under 100 somehow, they should be able to pull it out.

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skywaker9 (David) is a Portland native and passionate Blazers fan. He currently works as a University fiscal analyst for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. He also has a PhD in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University. David is a former political activist who chose to focus on sports because they made him happy. He primarily writes previews for PWE and one of his primary goals is to inform Blazer fans everywhere about those players on other teams they may not have heard of but should (such as Nikola Vucevic).