NBA Betting: Go Under Total Points Mark When Dallas Visit Portland

Whatever elixor for eternal youth Dirk Nowitzki is consuming, order me up a dozen.

The Dallas Mavericks star looks primed for one of the best seasons of his career at the age of 36 if he – and his team – can continue their blistering start.

The German, who hits the road to face the Portland Trail Blazers tonight, is averaging 20.8 points per game so far and is shooting 57.9%, well above the 51.7 that marked his best-ever campaign in 2010-11.

And it seems no coincidence Dallas are leading the NBA in offense, notching 118.1 points per 100 possessions, over nine ahead of second-placed Houston, while also racking up a league-best 111.8 per game.

Much of the credit has been to their efficiency in shooting with only Golden State rivalling the Mavs in the initial weeks of this term. 

The addition of Chandler Parsons has added an extra dimension with the summer arrival putting up at least 20 points over his last three games following a five-point splutter in their opener against San Antonio. 

His presence will allow Rick Carlisle to reduce Nowitzki’s load, and his minutes, but it should barely diminish his productivity as the season progresses. 

If Dallas has shown one negative trait so far, it is that they are giving up a NBA-most 33.8 points in the third quarter, a lapse which Portland – who have held successive opponents to under 20 in that period – might capitalise on. 

However Damian Lillard is playing through an abdominal injury, averaging just 13.7 points per game. 

And that will give the Mavericks, who are 2.16 for the win, hope of riding onwards with in-form Dirk showing a spring in his step. 

Best bet: Go under 201.5 total points in Portland-Dallas at 2.50