Sports Betting - Wednesday 20 April 2011 by

Mavericks vs Trail Blazers – NBA Free Pick Playoff Prediction

Tonight, first round NBA Western Conference betting action takes center stage as our NBA Free Pick and Playoff Prediction features the Dallas Mavericks hosting the Portland Trail Blazers.

Mavericks vs Trail Blazers - NBA Free Pick Playoff Prediction

Mavericks vs Trail Blazers – NBA Free Pick Playoff Prediction: Game Two of NBA Quarterfinal action between Dallas and Portland hits the hard court tonight. If Game One was an indicator, this is going to be a rough and tumble, very physical series.

Tip off for this NBA hoop betting action is scheduled for 9:30 PM ET on Tuesday, April 18, 2011, from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Game Preview: Trail Blazers @ Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks Team Record: 57-25 SU ~ 43-37-2 ATS

Mavericks veteran Guard Jason Kidd busted out early and Dirk Nowitzki came on late as Dallas took Game One 89-81 on Sunday.

Kidd registered a season high 24 points (21 vs Lakers Jan 9) that included six bombs from beyond the arc. Nowitzki came up huge late as he poured in 18 of his game high 28 points in the fourth quarter.

Portland Trail Blazers: Team Record: 48-34 SU ~ 43-35-4 ATS

Portland is a young team and they must feel that they let one get one away on Sunday.  After the Mavericks went on a brutal shooting stretch, Portland had a 72-66 lead with less than six minutes to play.

The Trail Blazers showed they could hang with Dallas but they are up against a team with NBA Championship starved veterans.

Game Forecast – Betting Odds & Free Pick

Dallas dodged a bullet on Sunday and they have big advantage in depth, with experience, over the Blazers.

The Mavericks know the craziness that is waiting for them when the series shifts to the Rose Garden in Portland on Thursday. We expect a much more rounded effort out of Dallas tonight.

Odds, currently posted at the sportsbook, have the Mavericks as -4 (-105) point home chalk.

Take the Mavericks at -4 (-105) favorites over the Trail Blazers

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