The Dallas Mavericks have been hit and miss in 2019. With six wins from 11 NBA games, the hosts have failed to build momentum in the early stages of the campaign but the American Airlines Center crowd will be hoping for a change in fortune this weekend.
With just two wins from their five home fixtures this season, Dallas have struggled to inspire confidence in front of Mavericks supporters. Victory here over the high flying Raptors would certainly help to raise spirits ahead of a difficult run of matches.
Meanwhile, Toronto are fourth in the Eastern Conference standings and plenty of punters will be expecting the Raptors to emerge victorious here. Dallas are always capable of a big performance but Toronto are more consistent and could triumph if they bring their A-game.
Nick Nurse’s side will fancy their chances of continuing their fine start to the campaign with a win here. With a 5-1 winning record outside of the Conference, Toronto have performed admirably against Western opponents in recent months – another omen in their favour.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at this weekend’s clash. Toronto are the form pick but Dallas could spring a shock if the Raptors are below par. The stage is set for a thrilling clash and this may turn out to be one of the highlights of the NBA weekend.
Event Date: November 16, 2019
Mavericks Looking To Avoid Third Successive Defeat
It has been a tough start to the new season for Dallas. The Mavericks were touted as dark horses for success in 2019/20 but their campaign hasn’t gone to plan just yet. And after two successive losses earlier this week, there is a negative mood at American Airlines Center.
However, a win over the defending NBA champions could be the catalyst for success. Dallas will be quietly confident of coming out on top this weekend but the Mavericks will need a bit of luck to keep Toronto at bay – they are certainly underdogs for victory.
Could Toronto Repeat NBA Title Exploits In 2019/20?
Nurse has played down any talk of back-to-back NBA titles but you can’t blame Toronto fans for getting excited. Through 11 games, the Raptors are 8-3 and it would take a brave man to back against the Canadian outfit on current form. Write Toronto off at your peril…
The Raptors have been simply sublime outside of the Eastern Conference this year and fans will be hoping that their good run of form continues. Toronto tick all the right boxes to get the job done at American Airlines Center but it won’t be completely straightforward.
According to the latest NBA Championship odds, Toronto are priced at 40/1 with Betfred to retain the title in 2019/20. The Kawhi Leonard era is over but the Raptors are still heading in the right direction and a positive campaign looks likely once again.
Expect Dallas to come flying out of the blocks in this encounter. The Mavericks will want to make a fast start to put Toronto under pressure in the first period and a quick start for the hosts could be key to their chances of success this weekend.
Toronto are built to defend a lead but they are capable of chasing – there are major doubts over whether Dallas can come-from-behind to win NBA games against the top teams. Once the Mavericks are behind, they often crumble to a heavy defeat.
The heart and head say Toronto here. It won’t be too one-sided but a victory by around 10 points wouldn’t be a huge shock.
TIP: Toronto to win by 6-10 points
CORRECT SCORE: Dallas Mavericks 100-108 Toronto Raptors