Toronto Raptors at Dallas Mavericks

Is the season over yet? Can we put a tag on it and slide it in the drawer? We can’t speak for all Raptors fans but we are becoming very disinterested the 2008-09 version of the Raptors. For example, normally a Friday night game against the Phoenix Suns would of had us parked on the couch with a bowl full of chips, a few beers and a shhhhh sign to all who are around. But instead, we DVRd the game and watched Rachel Getting Married (by choice!).

No Nash, no Amare and for a lot of you no game (since it was on TSN2). After the movie was over we checked in and saw the Raps hanging in there and keeping it close right up until the end of the third. That is where a long week hit us hard and we called it a night. No worries, will watch the rest in the morning. Well that was a waste of time. Even on high speed fast forwarding it was clear a Suns team without their best players were far and away better than the Raps.

The only highlight was seeing Shaq’s pimped out ride. In fact the director stayed on that back forever and it was cleary because he/she did not want to go back to the game. You know your team sucks when a bike parked in a garage is more exciting.

So what about tonight’s game in Dallas? We hate to say this but who cares. Really? The Raps are not going to make the playoffs and they are not going to win that many more games. Start thinking about next season and pray BC can pull off some kind of Magic that Danny Ainge did a few years ago.

We won’t be watching tonight (10pm for us) so if you are interested, here is everything you need to know for tonight’s matchup.

The Goods

  • Dallas goes for its fifth straight win at American Airlines Center while Toronto looks for just its second victory on the road since January.
  • Dirk Nowitzki’s fourth 40-plus point game this season on Friday helped the Mavericks improve to 21-4 at home since dropping their first four there in 2008-09.
  • Toronto finds itself near the East basement with nine losses in its last 13 games. Friday’s 133-113 defeat at Phoenix was the Raptors’ second straight on the road and fifth in six tries away from the Air Canada Centre.
  • The Raptors have dropped eight straight in Dallas since a 109-104 victory Dec. 30, 1999.
  • Shawn Marion is averaging 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds since being acquired from Miami on Feb. 13.
  • Chris Bosh had 12 points and nine boards in the Raptors’ loss to Dallas in December.

For Bettors

  • The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Dallas.
  • The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
  • The over is 11-5-1 in the last 17 meetings.
  • The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

Prediction

The Raps will play well for 2.5 quarters and Dallas will start going on a three point party parade. Dallas wins 108-95.

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