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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks Predictions and Preview for 4/8/2022

Portland Trail Blazers takes on Dallas Mavericks on 4/8/2022 at 08:40 PM.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks face off in an important game for both teams. Portland Trail Blazers has a record of 27-53 this regular season. Dallas Mavericks is 50-30 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Portland Trail Blazers Team Defense Preview


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Their defensive efficiency is 116.7, there is a lot of work to do here. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are a below average team when it comes to their ability to force bad shots. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Portland Trail Blazers Team Offense Preview




They have a completely dreadful offense that makes announcers try to spin things positively and fans cringe. An offensive effiency rating of 108.5 can certainly do that. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .552 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .518, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .423 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .348 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .760 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They successfully retrieved 23.3% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Dallas Mavericks Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 109.6, which means they have an above average defense relative to other teams in the NBA. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. Their defensive efforts at keeping offenses from getting to the rim should not go unnoticed. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Dallas Mavericks Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 112.4, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that likes to play grinders. They want to execute in half court and frustrate opponents in their offensive half court situations.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .569 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .535, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .437 of their shots from three point range. They take three point shots more than many in the NBA. They made .346 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .771 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.2% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The Portland Trail Blazers Roster

The Players to Watch for Portland Trail Blazers

Anfernee Simons 6-3 181 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jusuf Nurkić 6-11 290 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

Getting to the rim is important to him. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He is a below average three point shooter. Getting to the Free Throw Line is an important part of his game. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He makes an effort to get offensive rebounds, but he is not a leader in this metric.

Ben McLemore 6-3 195 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Dallas Mavericks Roster

The Players to Watch for Dallas Mavericks

Dorian Finney-Smith 6-7 220 PF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jalen Brunson 6-1 190 PG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Luka Dončić 6-7 230 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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