Fixture: Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date & Time: Friday, 17th January 2020 (8:30 pm ET)
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas
After an impressive win against Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers will be travelling to Dallas to face the Mavericks on Friday.
In the 117-110 win, each of the Portland’s starters got into double figures on scoring. Damian Lillard remained their highest scorer with 25 points scoring 8 out of 20 attempts from the floor and converting eight free throws. He also contributed with seven assists and seven rebounds on the night.
The Trail Blazers’ centre Hassan Whiteside also had a great game on both ends of the court. He registered a double- double with 18 rebounds to go with 18 points.
Their Friday’s opponents are the best scorers in the league. Mavericks average a league-high 115.7 per game- two points better than the second-best offense in the league.
The Mavericks will be coming into the game having won their last three games. They managed to overhaul a deficit in the fourth quarter to register a comeback win against Sacranento Kings. The game saw Luka Doncic break a few records as he finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 17 assists.
At 20, Doncic became the youngest player in NBA history to score a 15+ rebound and 15+ assist triple-double and the youngest ever to record a 17+ assist triple-double. As Mavericks host Portland, Doncic will once again be at the centre of their game.
Injury updates and team news
Injuries: Kristaps Porzingis (Knee)- Questionable, Isaiah Roby (Foot)- Out, Ryan Broekhoff- Out
Expected starting line-up: Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway, Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell
Portland Trail Blazers-
Injuries: Mario Hezonja (Back)- Probable, Jusuf Nurkic (Lower leg)- Questionable, Skal Labissiere (Knee)- Out
Expected starting line-up: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Carmelo Anthony, Hassan Whiteside
Being the best offensive side in the league, the Mavericks might have enough in the tank to outscore Portland.