Preview: Toronto Raptors vs Dallas Mavericks – May 14th, 2021

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The Toronto Raptors will travel to American Airlines Center to take on the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Dallas is currently sixth in the Western Conference with a 41-29 record. They are eighth in the league in offensive rating with 114.5, and 17th in defensive rating with a rating of 112. The Mavericks have been in great form lately, winning eight of their last ten.

They are led by superstar guard Luka Doncic, who is averaging 28 points, eight rebounds and 8.6 assists this season. Seven-foot-three Kristaps Porzingis is Dallas’ second option on offence, averaging 20.1 points and nine boards on the year.

Much of the Mavericks’ offence relies on shooting the three-ball; they average the sixth-most three-point attempts in the NBA with 38.1, but only sink 36.1 percent, good for 18th in the league. For reference, Toronto averages the fourth-most attempts in the league and averages the 14th-best percentage. Friday’s meeting will be a battle between teams who are in an unreciprocated love-affair with the three-ball.

The Raptors are currently on a five-game losing streak in which they’ve only averaged 105.2 points-per-game. Officially eliminated from playoff contention, Toronto has little left to play for and it has shown in recent performances.

Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Chris Boucher, Rodney Hood, Gary Trent Jr. and Paul Watson Jr. all missed Thursday’s game against the Bulls and are questionable to play Friday.

JJ Reddick is out for the rest of the regular season with a heel injury.

Catch tip-off between the Raptors and Mavericks on Friday at 9PM EST on TSN.

*Most stats updated as of Thursday prior to the game against the Bulls.

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