Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors 12/22/2019 Spread Picks and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors 12/22/2019 – It has been a see-saw ride for the Dallas Mavericks who are currently playing without Luka Doncic as they split their last six games to three wins and three losses. They now fly to Canada to battle the defending champions Toronto Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena this Sunday, December 22 at 3:30 pm Eastern Time. Even with the departure of Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors are still winning and holds a 20-8 record and they are headed to this game riding a 4-game winning streak. This match is televised by Fox Sports Southwest Dallas and live stream is available via NBA League Pass and Sofa Score. No Luka means NBA Betting Lines Explained picking the Raptors to win this match.
Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors 12/22/2019
Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors 12/22/2019 Betting Odds
Dallas Mavericks Betting
The Mavs went to Philadelphia and beat them even without Luka Doncic. As expected, Kristaps Porzingis led the team with 22 points, 18 assists and 3 blocks. The big story was Tim Hardaway Jr stepping up being the team’s highest scorer with 27 points and dropped seven three-point shots over the Sixers. Other players who scored double figures were Dorian Finney-Smith, Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber and Seth Curry. The win was convincing enough but they have not won two-straight since Luka Doncic went down. As they head on to Toronto, Canada, they will need players like Hardaway to step up their game and it is like rolling dice on who will come up big with no guarantees.
Players to watch: K. Porzingis PF 27 GP 27 GS 31.1 MIN 17.6 PTS 1.8 OR 7.7 DR 9.5 REB 1.4 AST 0.6 STL 2.1 BLK 1.6 TO 3.1 PF 0.9 AST/TO 17.24 PER
Toronto Raptors Betting
One good thing about the post-Kawhi Leonard Raptors is that they have maintained the winning culture with more players stepping up to the plate and even match Leonard’s numbers. Kyle Lowry lost significant time in November but Fred VanVleet is making it up with All-star type of numbers. Still, the team has Lowry and in their last game against the Wizards, he had 26 points, nine assists and three three-point shots. The team is still winning even with the injuries to Paskal Siakam, Mark Gasol and Norman Powell. Nick Nurse’ system has been fully absorbed by this team and players like Serge Ibaka, OG Anonnuby and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson filled up the shoes. Against Dallas, it will be a fast-paced dog fight but with the Raptors owning one of the best crowds in the NBA, it is always a huge advantage as they play in the Scotiabank Arena.
Players to Watch: K. Lowry PG 17 GP 17 GS 37.6 MIN 19.5 PTS 0.6 OR 4.3 DR 4.9 REB 7.4 AST 1.2 STL 0.4 BLK 3 TO 2.9 PF 2.5 AST/TO 17.41 PER
Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors 12/22/2019 Betting Numbers
Dallas are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games.
Toronto are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games.
Seth Curry PG Back is probable Sunday vs Toronto
Marc Gasol C Hamstring is out indefinitely
Dallas Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors Betting Picks
The Raptors are on a high and they would like to go to their Christmas game against the Boston Celtics on a high note. Best Sportsbook Online sees the Dallas Mavericks as an underdog and they have been inconsistent without Doncic. Still, Dallas is a giant killer scoring victories over Philadelphia and Milwaukee on their Eastern Conference road trip.
Moneyline: Being the favored team to win, the Raptors are given the ML of -135 as compared to the Mavericks’ +115.
ATS: It is 3.5 points between the teams across the spread with Dallas owning a +3.5 while Toronto is on the other side of the stick at -3.5.
TOTALs: Both teams are expected to reach 216 points total with Toronto going under while Dallas is on the opposite side is over.
Score Prediction: 113-105 Raptors