The Mavericks would be better off forgetting their last matchup against the Warriors. The Mavs have largely overcome their early slump of the season to become a dynamic threat in the Western Conference. The game against the Warriors would have gone a long way in building their confidence, but they lost that game 130-92. They beat the Warriors earlier in the season, but that was without Klay Thompson in the lineup, who looks like a player who just missed a couple of games, not a couple of years.
How to watch the Dallas Mavericks at the Portland Trail Blazers today:
Game date: January 26, 2022
Game time: 10 p.m. Eastern Time
TV: NBA League Pass Canal 9
The defense certainly needs to clean up, but that was an uncharacteristic performance last game and now they’re playing Portland, which doesn’t have Damian Lillard. Dallas dominated Portland last time out 132-117, so this should be a good rebounding game for them.
Portland is coming off back-to-back wins against the Raptors and Celtics, so they won’t be pushovers, but most of the headlines surrounding the Blazers are about trade rumors. There are rumors that they could move Robert Covington and Ben Simmons has been linked to the City of Roses even before the season started. This team is going to look a lot different before Lillard rejoins the roster.