Blazers-Mavs Preview: Crunching The Numbers

The stats. The lineups. And at 8:30 p.m. at the AAC, the tipoff. Let's dig around inside Blazers at Mavs ...

The Blazers are in town for the late late start (thanks, ESPN! Who needs sleep!) ... Portland is coming off back-to-back losses in which the Blazers really struggled to score --

Let's look at some key numbers for the Mavs and Blazers, respectively, coming into the week:

Portland

Dallas

Overall

12-12

Overall

19-4

Road

5-9

Home

11-3

+ 0.500

3-9

+0.500

9-3

Last 10

4-6

Last 10

10-0

Road PtDiff

-4.2

Home PtDiff

+5.3

Dallas' numbers got jacked with a bit after Monday's home loss to Milwaukee, a defeat that ended the Mavs' 12-game win streak.

The Key Stat: In part because Brandon Roy is hobbled, Portland cannot score.

On Sunday against the Spurs, Portland scored a season-low 78 loss in a loss.

On Monday, the Blazers went lower, managing to score just 73 points in a loss at Memphis.

That offense meets a Dallas defense that has allowed more than 100 points just six times this season.

The Key Matchup: We'd like to forget.

We cannot forget.

It may never happen again, against the Mavs, for the Blazers or in Andre Miller's career. But he did it: A career-high 52 points in Portland's OT win at Dallas on Jan. 30, 2010. No opponent has ever cooked at the AAC quite like that, and while it occurred to a team that didn't at the time employ DeShawn Stevenson – he could open tonight on Miller or Roy – it happened to a Mavs team that thought could handle him with Kidd and (too late) with Marion.

Portland has other weapons. Miller doesn't much show the proclivity to score like that anymore.

But it was only a year ago. We haven't forgotten.

The Key Quote: "This kind of slippage we've seen all too often,'' coach Rick Carlisle said of the Mavs' penchant for giving up 20-point leads, as occurred again Monday in a loss to Milwaukee. "I've got to coach harder, the players have got to be more conscientious, we've got to do better than we did.''

These two teams' identities seem set ... and injury-plagued Portland's identity is less than handsome. They still have the names, though, as you see in the starting lineups:


Portland Trail Blazers Dallas Mavericks
Andre Miller Jason Kidd
Brandon Roy DeShawn Stevenson
Wesley Matthews Caron Butler
LaMarcus Aldridge Dirk Nowitzki
Marcus Camby Tyson Chandler


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