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Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction

Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction

Dallas Mavericks

February 23

01:30

102 : 92

Memphis Grizzlies

Dallas Mavericks

Memphis Grizzlies

Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction

After eight days between games, the Dallas Mavericks (13-15) return to action at home against the Memphis Grizzlies (13-13) in an encounter between two Western Conference sides powered by their dynamic duos.

While last year's Rookie of the Year winner Ja Morant remains without Jaren Jackson Jr as the 21-year-old PF continues recovering from a torn meniscus, All-Star guard Luka Doncic has European teammate Kristaps Porzingis by his side as they look to go positive before next month's break.

Read my basketball preview for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies Preview

Doncic scored 44 points two nights after getting a career-high 46 in a victory over New Orleans, but his efforts weren't enough to extend Dallas' four-game winning streak, which was tied for their longest of the campaign.

Damian Lillard - who was controversially overlooked for an All-Star starting berth in place of Doncic - had 34 points, 11 assists and, importantly, the biggest plays down the stretch.

He scored seven of their last nine points to help Portland hold firm after the Mavericks' rousing comeback, which was predictably spearheaded by Doncic, Porzingis and third-year guard Jalen Brunson. 

Interestingly, head coach Rick Carlisle had this to say post-game:

"I'm concerned the load [Doncic is] carrying is a difficult load to carry on a game-to-game basis, I've got to try to get some more balance in our attack. It's just a lot to ask of Luka to put the 40-point stat-stuffer on a nightly basis."

Doncic broke a record for 13 straight games with at least 25 points previously shared by Mark Aguirre (1983-84) and Dirk Nowitzki (2005-06), though his numbers speak for themselves.

Averaging 29.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.4 assists per game, how will Memphis fare defensively, having just conceded 128 points at home to Phoenix overnight? They were a paltry 15.2% from three, gave up 12 turnovers and shot 38.7% from the floor - largely from Morant, DeAnthony Melton, and C Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double (10 pts, 12 rebs) in 25 minutes.

Phoenix's franchise SG Devin Booker took charge (23 pts, five rebs and five ast). At the same time, four other players recorded 15 points or more (highly-rated SF Mikal Bridges, Dario Saric and Cameron Payne inefficient minutes off the bench, and Booker's backcourt partner Chris Paul).

Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies Betting Tips

ESPN's BPI is backing a Mavericks win here (70%), and it's no surprise, considering the unexpected coronavirus-impacted break they've benefited from against a Grizzlies team just blasted off the court at home.

However, I'd also expect the visitors to respond with a determined collective effort here against another tricky Western Conference dark horse, considering they were in a similar situation, having overachieved last year.

Expert's prediction

Match prediction: Dallas Mavericks to win

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Last matches

Dallas Mavericks

04-03-2021

87 - 78 Oklahoma City Thunder

W
02-03-2021

124 - 130 Orlando Magic

W
28-02-2021

98 - 115 Brooklyn Nets

W
26-02-2021

111 - 97 Philadelphia 76ers

L
24-02-2021

110 - 107 Boston Celtics

W
23-02-2021

102 - 92 Memphis Grizzlies

W
15-02-2021

118 - 121 Portland Trail Blazers

L
13-02-2021

143 - 130 New Orleans Pelicans

W
11-02-2021

118 - 117 Atlanta Hawks

W
09-02-2021

127 - 122 Minnesota Timberwolves

W

Memphis Grizzlies

L

111 - 112 Milwaukee Bucks

05-03-2021
W

111 - 125 Washington Wizards

03-03-2021
W

84 - 133 Houston Rockets

01-03-2021
L

99 - 119 LA Clippers

27-02-2021
W

122 - 94 LA Clippers

26-02-2021
L

102 - 92 Dallas Mavericks

23-02-2021
L

97 - 128 Phoenix Suns

21-02-2021
W

109 - 95 Detroit Pistons

20-02-2021
W

122 - 113 Oklahoma City Thunder

18-02-2021
L

113 - 144 New Orleans Pelicans

17-02-2021
Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies Head to Head (H2H)
23-02-2021

Dallas Mavericks

102
92

Memphis Grizzlies

Dallas Mavericks
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Memphis Grizzlies
Predicted Lineup

Josh Richardson

Maximilian Kleber

Luka Doncic

Kristaps Porzingis

Dorian Finney-Smith

Grayson Allen

Kyle Anderson

Tyus Jones

Jonas Valanciunas

De'Anthony Melton

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87-78 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (H)

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130-124 vs Orlando Magic (A)

W

115-98 vs Brooklyn Nets (A)

W

97-111 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L

110-107 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

102-92 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

W

118-121 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

L

143-130 vs New Orleans Pelicans (H)

W

118-117 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

127-122 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W
L

111-112 vs Milwaukee Bucks (H)

W

125-111 vs Washington Wizards (A)

W

133-84 vs Houston Rockets (A)

L

99-119 vs LA Clippers (H)

W

122-94 vs LA Clippers (H)

L

92-102 vs Dallas Mavericks (A)

L

97-128 vs Phoenix Suns (H)

W

109-95 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

W

122-113 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (H)

L

113-144 vs New Orleans Pelicans (H)

87-78 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (H)

W

110-107 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

102-92 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

W

118-121 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

L

143-130 vs New Orleans Pelicans (H)

W

118-117 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

127-122 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W
L

111-112 vs Milwaukee Bucks (H)

L

99-119 vs LA Clippers (H)

W

122-94 vs LA Clippers (H)

L

97-128 vs Phoenix Suns (H)

W

109-95 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

W

122-113 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (H)

L

113-144 vs New Orleans Pelicans (H)

130-124 vs Orlando Magic (A)

W

115-98 vs Brooklyn Nets (A)

W

97-111 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L
W

125-111 vs Washington Wizards (A)

W

133-84 vs Houston Rockets (A)

L

92-102 vs Dallas Mavericks (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
22.02.2021

Freelance sports editor and writer. Featured on the Sunday Times, MailOnline and more.

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