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NBA Picks & Predictions For Day 2 of the Regular Season (Oct. 25th, 2023)

Get expert NBA picks and predictions for Day 2 of the Regular Season on October 25th, 2023. Stay ahead of the game with our insightful analysis and tips.

Dallas Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs

  • Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
  • Location: Frost Bank Center in San Antonio, TX
  • TV: Bally Sports Southwest-San Antonio
  • Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-5)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

Frost Bank Center is the location where the San Antonio Spurs (22-60 last year) will meet the Dallas Mavericks (38-44 last season) on Wednesday. San Antonio is 5-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The total is 226.5.

The Mavericks faced off with the Spurs and took a loss by a score of 138-117 in their last game. Concerning fouls, the Mavericks finished with 21 while the Spurs recorded 13 fouls. They converted 15 of their 38 tries from downtown. San Antonio shot 70.0% when shooting free throws by burying 21 of 30 tries. On top of that, San Antonio pulled down 69 rebounds (13 offensive, 56 defensive) and had 3 blocks. San Antonio distributed 31 dimes and had 2 steals for the matchup. With regard to defense, Dallas allowed the other team to shoot 49.0% from the field on 51 of 104 shooting. They also distributed 28 dimes in this matchup as well as forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they earned 46 with 8 of them being offensive. When they shot from the free throw line, the Mavericks converted 8 of their 16 tries for a rate of 50.0%. Dallas ended the game having earned a 42.6% FG percentage (46 out of 108) and made 17 out of their 53 3-point shots.

Jaden Hardy is one guy who was a major contributor in the matchup. He accumulated 25 points on 11 out of 23 shooting. He was on the court for 28 minutes and also totaled 5 boards. Hardy finished the contest at 47.8% from the floor and also recorded 5 assists.

Dallas comes into this game after finishing with a record of 38-44 last year. They had an average of 114.2 points per contest (16th in basketball) while connecting on 47.5% from the floor. The Mavericks connected on 37.1% on three-point attempts (1,246 of 3,362) and 75.5% from the free throw line. As a group, Dallas collected 38.8 boards per contest and earned 1,880 dimes throughout last year, which ranked 29th in the league in terms of passing. They lost possession by turning the ball over 12.2 times per game and as a group committed 20.7 personal fouls every game.

On the defensive end of the court, the Mavericks forced their opponents into 13.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.8 fouls. They surrendered 35.2% on 3-point attempts and they ranked 16th in the NBA in PPG allowed (114.1). The Mavericks defense allowed an opponent shooting percentage of 48.5% (3,425 of 7,065) and they surrendered 44.7 boards per game as a squad. They were ranked 9th in the league in giving up assists with 2,044 conceded last year.

The last time they took the hardwood, the Spurs took home the win by a final score of 138-117 against the Mavericks. The Spurs collected 56 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 69 for the game. They also gave up possession 12 times, while recording 2 steals for this contest. The Mavericks earned 21 fouls in this matchup which took the Spurs to the free throw line for a total of 30 shots. They were able to make 21 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 70.0%. When discussing shooting from distance, San Antonio made 15 of 38 tries (39.5%). When this game wrapped up, the Spurs went 51 for 104 from the field which had them at 49.0%. The Spurs allowed the Mavericks to convert 46 of 108 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 42.6% for the game. They shot 32.1% from 3-point land by shooting 17 of 53 and walked away from this one shooting 8 out of 16 from the free throw line (50.0%). In reference to rebounding, San Antonio allowed Dallas to get 46 in total (8 offensive).

Sandro Mamukelashvili was important for the Spurs for this game. Mamukelashvili had 23 points in his 31 mins on the court and totaled 4 dimes in the game. He buried 8 out of 17 in this matchup giving him a rate of 47.1%, and had 11 rebounds.

San Antonio had a win-loss record of 22-60 last season. When it comes to offense, the Spurs hit 46.5% from the field, which was ranked 25th in basketball. San Antonio scored 9,269 points last season (113.0 per contest) and they pulled down 43.7 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists was at 27.2 times per game (5th in the NBA) and they lost possession via turnover 15.3 times per contest. The Spurs were responsible for committing 19.9 fouls per game and they went 74.3% from the charity stripe.

The Spurs on defense were ranked 30th in the league in PPG surrendered with 123.1. They forced 13.8 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 50.7% from the field (30th in basketball). The San Antonio defense gave up 39.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (1,036 of 2,651) and their opponents made 77.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 26.8 dimes and 45.0 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 29th and 26th in the NBA.

The Pick: Dallas Mavericks (-5)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Clippers

  • Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
  • Location: Arena in Los Angeles, CA
  • TV: Bally Sports SoCal
  • Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+10)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

The Portland Trail Blazers (33-49 last year) are heading to Arena on Wednesday to face the Los Angeles Clippers (44-38 last season). The Clippers open as 10-point favorites according to oddsmakers. The total is set at 228.5.

The Trail Blazers suffered a 157-101 loss against the Warriors in their previous game. Portland committed 9 personal fouls, while Golden State had 18. They made 27 of 49 shots from beyond the arc. The Warriors shot 87.5% from the free-throw line, making 14 of their 16 attempts. Golden State had 58 rebounds (9 offensive, 49 defensive) and 3 blocked shots. They recorded 47 assists and 13 steals. Portland allowed their opponent to shoot 60.4% from the field and collected 30 rebounds in total. From the free-throw line, the Trail Blazers made 16 of 24 attempts. Portland had a 40.0% field goal percentage and made 9 of 35 shots from downtown.

Skylar Mays had a significant impact in the game, shooting 41.2% from the field, distributing 12 assists, grabbing 4 rebounds, and scoring 21 points on 7 of 17 shooting.

Portland finished last season with a record of 33-49. They averaged 113.4 points per game and shot 47.4% from the field. The Trail Blazers made 36.5% of their 3-point attempts (1,056 of 2,893) and 79.6% from the free-throw line. They collected 40.5 rebounds per game and recorded 1,981 assists throughout the season. Portland turned the ball over 14.5 times per game and committed 20.0 fouls on average.

Defensively, the Trail Blazers forced 13.5 turnovers per game and committed 20.5 fouls. They allowed opponents to shoot 37.9% from beyond the arc and scored 117.4 points per game last season. Portland had an opponent field goal percentage of 49.1% and surrendered 43.2 rebounds per game. They ranked 30th in the NBA in assists allowed with 2,214 conceded.

In their previous game, the Clippers lost 136-130 against the Suns. They recorded 29 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 46. Los Angeles had 10 turnovers and 4 steals. The Suns committed 27 fouls, leading the Clippers to attempt 37 free throws. Los Angeles converted 31 of those attempts for an 83.8% free-throw percentage. The Clippers made 13 of 36 3-point shots (36.1%). They shot 45.3% from the field, going 43 for 95. The Clippers allowed the Suns to shoot 54.3% from the field, with Phoenix making 51 of their 94 attempts. The Suns converted 50.0% of their 3-point shots by making 13 out of 26. They shot 87.5% at the free-throw line, going 21 of 24. Los Angeles allowed Phoenix to collect 43 rebounds, including 11 offensive rebounds.

Norman Powell played a crucial role for the Clippers, shooting 47.1% from the field, grabbing 2 rebounds, tallying 27 points, and distributing 3 assists in 39 minutes on the court.

The Clippers finished last season with a record of 44-38. They committed 19.5 fouls per game and made 78.1% of their free-throw attempts. Los Angeles averaged 23.9 assists per game and had a turnover average of 14.2. They scored a total of 9,314 points (113.6 per game) and grabbed 43.2 rebounds per game. The Clippers had a shooting percentage of 47.7%, ranking 13th in the league.

Defensively, the Clippers allowed opponents to shoot 36.5% from beyond the arc (1,000 of 2,738). Opponents made 77.1% of their free-throw attempts. Los Angeles allowed an average of 25.0 assists and 43.1 rebounds per game, ranking 11th and 13th in the league, respectively. They ranked 12th in points per game allowed with 113.1, forced 13.0 turnovers per game, and let teams shoot 47.4% from the field.

The Pick: Los Angeles Clippers (-10)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

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