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CHANDLER BOOSTS MAVS TO TAKE OVER GAME 5 VS BLAZERS
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 05:02 PM EDT

Tyson Chandler is the lively, energetic big man the Dallas Mavericks never had before in the playoffs. The guy provided big numbers and an exciting boost to the Mavs on Monday night that helped them bounce back from a devastating loss and pound the Trail Blazers 93-82. Vegas odds.

With the season basically on the line in Game 5 of their first-round series against Portland, Chandler was the key factor. He went to coach Rick Carlisle with a suggestion to move around the paint and try getting more involved to have a better opportunity at grabbing boards. Go for it, Carlisle said, and the story of the game immediately changed.

Chandler wound up with 14 points and 20 rebounds, but his most significant input might’ve been setting the aggressive, electrifying attitude the Mavericks needed to win and now lead the series 3-2. The guys will have two days to take a break before trying to seal the deal in Game 6 on Thursday night in Portland. Betting lines.

The Mavericks crashed the offensive glass in Game 5, grabbing 41% of their failed shots, their second-most dominant performance all season. Tyson Chandler led the charge in the rebounding scuffle, with a postseason career-best 20 boards.

History is certainly on Dallas’ side to get away with the series and continue to the next round. Of the previous 157 series tied at 2, the Game 5 winner has come out on top 83% of the time. Sports scores.

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