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Raptors vs Mavericks Picks and Predictions: Can the Raptors charge to victory?

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The Toronto Raptors’ reprieve from a tough early season schedule seems short-lived as they head west to take on Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.

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The Raptors have back-to-back wins over the Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs. Not only did they fill the bucket in those games, but their defense remained stingy. But they will have their hands full with Doncic being part of the start of the season NBA MVP Odds favourites.

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I dig the odds and bring you my best bet in this edition of NBA picks and predictions Raptors versus Mavericks.

Raptors vs Mavericks best odds

Raptors vs Mavericks picks and predictions

The Raptors are coming off their two best offensive performances of the season, scoring 139 points against the Hawks and scoring 143 points last time out against the Spurs. All without All-Star point guard Fred VanVleet.

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So with all those points in the last two games, it might be a little surprising to see a total of 216.5 for this game against the Mavericks. But even that number might be a little too high.

The Raptors are a really interesting team. They’re basically a group of five long, athletic, positionless guys who can flip all over the place and disrupt passing lanes. They rank seventh in defensive rating and first in steals at 10.8 per game. This results in an epic transition game. They lead the league in quick break points by a pretty sizable margin.

However, when the Raptors are in their half court, things really slow down and even with that transition offense they still rank 25th in the NBA when it comes to pace. They just don’t have great individual shot creators and the offense can get cold as a result at times.

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In the offensive explosion of the last two games, the Raptors had 29 interceptions. But in this game, the Mavericks are very careful with the ball, ranking fourth in turnover rate.

The Mavericks also like to slow things down. In fact, they play at the slowest pace in the NBA. And while the offense is highly rated right now, in games against the Jazz, Pelicans, and Suns (all three ranked in the Top 12 of defensive rankings), they’ve only averaged 106.3. points per game.

Luka Doncic has been incredible so far, averaging 34 points, 11.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists this season, but between Scottie Barnes, OG Anunobyand Pascal Siakamthe Raptors will be able to throw a lot of bodies at Doncic and cause him problems.

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The tempo of this game will be slow enough to stay under this number.

my best bet: Less than 216.5 (-107 to PointsBet)

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Raptors vs. Mavericks spread analysis

The Raptors opened this game with 4 points NBA Odds underdogs and have since had some action, moving the line to 3.5.

It’s another small gap for the Raptors, who have seen seven of their eight games line up under 3.5 points and they’ve been very comfortable in those situations going 5-2 ATS. in these matches. Toronto’s style of play and hard work tends to see them constantly playing in close games, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened again in Dallas tonight.

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Meanwhile, the Mavericks have struggled with consistency this season. They responded to a season-opening loss to the Suns by dismantling the Grizzlies, but followed that up with an embarrassing performance against a Pelicans team that was missing several key players.

They have also already lost to OKC and played a close game with Orlando. As a result, the Mavs haven’t covered in four of their last five games.

Mix in the slow tempo expected in this match and it tends to be an advantage for the underdog. It’s not an official game for me, but I think the Raps are playing in another close game, maybe even picking up a win. I would go for the points.

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Raptors vs. Mavericks Over/Under Analysis

Well, you know my feelings on the total. Even at a shorter number than some might expect, I still like the Under. The number hit the board at 217 and was bet slightly at 216.5. That said, I would quickly jump on the Under before it gets much lower.

Again, I like the Unders because of the pace of play of both teams. Their stifling defense should slow Doncic down. While their half-court offense leaves something to be desired. Also, neither team returns the ball much.

The under is also 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams, including a 2-0 record in both meetings last year.

Raptors vs Mavericks betting trend you need to know

Under is 7-1 in the Raptors’ last eight games against a team with a consecutive winning record. find more NBA Betting Trends for Raptors vs. Mavericks.

Raptors vs Mavericks game information

Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Date: Friday, November 4, 2022
Trick : 8:30 p.m. ET
TV: TSN, Bally Sports Southwest Dallas

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