NBA Toronto Raptors vs. Dallas Mavericks Prediction, Preview

TORONTO @ DALLAS | 1/27 | 7:00 PM EST

The Raptors lost their second straight game as they were two points short at home against the Houston Rockets Friday night. The Raptors came in second Saturday in the Eastern Conference, with the Bucks on game ahead: they led the Atlantic Division by three games over the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Mavericks strung together their second straight win at home as they beat the Pistons on Friday night. Dallas came in Saturday 12th in the Western Conference, 4.5 games behind the Spurs and Clippers for the last playoff spots. Dallas was behind by five after the 1st quarter, took back to lead by eight at the half and still held a three-point advantage after three quarters.

I’m thinking a huge bounce-back performance from the Raptors, specifically on defense, after their letdown in Houston. Back the road team to improve to 6-2 ATS in the last eight Raptors-Mavs encounters.

PICK * TORONTO -5.0

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