Toronto Raptors Form
The Raptors had a fourth straight win when they beat the Washington Wizards 122-118 with home-court advantage on Friday night.
Kyle Lowry scored 26 points, while Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 10 rebounds. OG Anunoby scored 18 and there was also a return from injury for Fred VanVleet, who added 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
The win was achieved despite the absence of three key players, as they went into the game without leading scorer Pascal Siakam (groin), center Marc Gasol (left hamstring) and guard Norman Powell (left shoulder). The key trio are now all indefinite absentees for the Raptors.
The Raptors had led 40-23 after the first quarter, making it their highest-scoring first quarter of the season. Their 34 free throws made and 44 attempts were also both season-highs
The Raptors are averaging 112.0 points per game this season, but defensively they are only allowing 105.p points per game. Toronto have been getting 46.2 boards per game, while they are managing 25.3 assists per game.
The Raptors are 12-3 with home-court advantage this season.
Dallas Mavericks Form
The Mavericks, who were without star guard Luka Doncic, had a 117-98 win on the road at the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 points, while Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points with a career-high 18 rebounds for Dallas.
The 20-year-old Doncic missed his third straight game with a right ankle sprain.
The Mavericks have averaged 117.6 points per game, while allowing 108.8 points per game. The Mavericks have been getting 47.9 boards per game, while they have managed to get 24.6 assists a game.
Dallas are a hugely impressive 11-2 on the road this season and they defeated the Raptors 110-102 on November 16 in Dallas.
Player Match Up: Kyle Lowry vs Kristaps Porzingis
In the absence of Siakam and Doncic, others will have to take centre stage in this game for their respective teams.
In the absence of Siakam, Lowry could be the key player for the Raptors. Kyle is now averaging 19.5 Points per Game (PPG) for Toronto, with 4.9 rebounds per game (RPG). Lowry stands at 40.6% when shooting from the floor and is at 86.9% from the line.
Porzingis has 17.6 PPG r the Mavericks, he’s at 9.5 RPG and is just below 41 when shooting from the floor at 40.7%. From the free throw line he’s 72.0%.
Toronto Raptors vs Dallas Mavericks Betting Lines & Pick
This is a game between a team who have an excellent home-court record this season and one that has been red hot on the road, so something has to give.
With both rosters having key players absent through injury, this game becomes harder for NBA predictions. However, Dallas has fewer issues and have already claimed some notable scalps without Doncic of late.
On that basis, we are going to the Point Spread for our tips, where Dallas +2.5 can be backed at -110 (1.91) with Sports Interaction.