I was incorrect on my last Raptors free betting tip as the Raptors (-7) suffered a 100-97 defeat at New Orleans last night. I am now 18-24 in Raptors free betting tips. Tonight the 37-19 Toronto Raptors travel to Dallas to take on the 38-20 Mavericks.
(37-19) Toronto Raptors @ (38-20) Dallas Mavericks
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – James Johnson PF – Amir Johnson
Dallas – Point Guard – Rajon Rondo Shooting Guard – Monta Ellis Center – Tyson Chandler Small Forward – Richard Jefferson Power Forward – Dirk Nowitzki
Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 18.4 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.7 APG – Kyle Lowry 7.1
Dallas – Points Per Game – Monta Ellis 19.5 Rebounds Per Game – Tyson Chandler 11.8 Assists Per Game – Rajon Rondo 6.3
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 104.9 (5th) PA – 100.3 (19th)
Dallas – Points For (Per Game) – 105.9 (4th) Points Against (Per Game) – 100.7 (21st)
The Toronto Raptors have dropped 2 games in a row. Last night they were defeated 100-97 at New Orleans. Point guard Kyle Lowry led the team in scoring with 22 points on 8 of 19 shooting in 34 minutes. He also had 5 assists and 3 steals. Center Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. He was 5 of 10 from the field in 36 minutes. He was 7 of 10 from the free throw line. Power forward James Johnson netted 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting in 35 minutes. He also had 5 rebounds. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan contributed with 14 points on 6 of 15 shooting in 31 minutes. The team shot 41.7% from the field, 21.7% from the 3 point line (5-23), and 71% from the free throw line (22-31). They were out-rebounded 48-40. The Raptors took a 12 point lead in to halftime but were out-scored 56-41 in the 2nd half. Toronto is 16-10 on the road this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 8-4 in the 2nd game of a back to back so far this season. Tonight is also the final game of a 4 game road trip. Their next game is Friday at home versus Golden State.
The Dallas Mavericks have won 2 straight games. On Sunday they were victorious 92-81 at home versus Charlotte. Shooting guard Monta Ellis led the way with 23 points on 9 of 21 shooting in 37 minutes. He also had 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Center Amar’e Stoudemire came off the bench to score 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting in 11 minutes. Center Tyson Chandler scored 12 points on 6 of 6 shooting in 33 minutes. He also had 7 rebounds. Small forward Richard Jefferson contributed with a double-double as he scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. The team shot 46.2% from the field, 27.8% from the 3 point line (5-18), and 78.9% from the free throw line (15-19). The Mavs narrowly out-rebounded their opposition 49-47. The team’s big quarter in the game came in the first quarter as they out-scored the Hornets 28-16. Dallas is at home this season. Tonight is the first game of a back to back. They are 8-4 in the 1st game of a back to back so far this season. Tomorrow night they play at Atlanta.
In their first meeting this season Dallas notched a 106-102 victory at home versus Toronto. Tonight is the final meeting of the season between the Raptors and Mavericks.
I just can’t figure out this Raptors team. Just when I think they are clicking they go and lose last night versus an Anthony Davis-less Pelicans squad. The Mavericks have the lineup to compete with any team in the West and I think their chemistry is getting stronger. Take the Mavericks -4.5 (1.90) (Bet365)
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