Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) dunks against Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Philadelphia.
Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) dunks against Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Philadelphia.|Chris Szagola | Associated Press
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NBA Sunday: Greg Frank picks Mavericks vs Raptors — Can Porzingis keep Dallas on this road roll?

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

1-0 Saturday, 50-52-1 overall.

Mavericks (+2.5) @ Raptors (217.5)

Pick: Raptors -2.5

Full credit to the Mavericks for winning outright on the road against Milwaukee and Philadelphia. However, it’s time to draw the line in the sand. Dallas is playing its fourth straight game in four different cities. All four have come against Eastern Conference contenders. Ironically enough the one home game of the four was the one the Mavericks lost as Boston went to the Big D and beat the Mavericks on Wednesday. However, I can’t help but think that Dallas is overvalued in this spot thanks to the recent wins over the Bucks and Sixers on the road with Luka Doncic. Philadelphia had lost just one game at home prior to losing to Dallas and Toronto has suffered just three losses in The Six and is an impressive 10-5 ATS on its home floor. Winning these games would be tough enough with Doncic. Considering he’s out and we only have to lay 2.5 points to fade the Mavericks, it’s certainly a good spot to expect some regression.

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