Dallas Mavericks vs Philadelphia 76ers betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA game on TNT. Dallas hopes to end a mini 2-game slide at home as they face a Philadelphia 76ers team coming off a win in Miami without their best player Joel Embiid. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Mavericks since the Kyrie Irving trade. They are now just 1-5 SU in their last 6 games, and coming off a 124-122 home loss to Indiana in a game in which they were 9 point favorites. Doncic had 39 points, while Irving chipped in 16 and 9 assists, but once again it wasn’t enough.
If Dallas doesn’t turn things around soon, they’ll be looking at a play-in tournament spot. Playing Philadelphia might be exactly the thing they need at this moment. The Mavs are 14-2 SU in the last 16 home games vs the Sixers, they are in a better position in terms of injuries as well with only Davis Bertans missing from the line-up.
We’ve seen two vastly different 76ers teams over their last 2 games. One of them had Joel Embiid and lost a tough one at home vs Miami 101-99. The other one didn’t have the big man, they beat the Heat on the road in convincing fashion 119-96. Based on that one might assume having Embiid is a bad thing, but that statement is very far from the truth.
Philly does play faster without him which suited them against one of the slowest teams in the NBA in Miami, but now against Dallas if they don’t have Embiid I don’t really rate their chances high. This team has dominated on the road winning 10 of 12 games, they’ve also covered the spread in 7 straight games vs Western Conference opponents.
I’m expecting a close game, both teams are still searching for form after the all-star break so it’ll be interesting to see who responds better here. Dallas does have the edge in head-to-head meetings when playing at the American Airlines Center, it’s hard to overlook such dominance here, especially if Embiid doesn’t play. I’m going with the Mavs to cover.
Dallas Mavericks vs Philadelphia 76ers Predictions & Odds
The Philly coaching staff opted to rest Embiid last night, which means he is likely going to return to the line-up tonight. That means a slower pace which should benefit those who are backing a lower scoring game here. The under has cashed in 4 of the last 5 Philly games, and in the last 5 head-to-head meetings between these teams. Dallas also has a habit of going under vs teams from the Atlantic Division with 11 of their last 16 played cashing on that bet.
Pace wise both teams rank in the bottom 10 of the NBA – Dallas is dead last at 97.4 possessions per game, while the Sixers are just 6 slots above at 99.6 per game. Defensively Philly has the 5th best efficiency in the league allowing only 109.3 points per 100 possessions, Dallas might find it hard to penetrate the inside with Embiid lurking. I’m going for the under in tonight’s game.