2/11/2008 Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers Free Picks by Jimmy Boyd Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Monday, 11 February 2008 06:14

The Dallas Mavericks travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers Monday night and Jimmy Boyd says that the Mavs will cover the spread. Oddmakers from online sportsbook Bodog opened the betting at Dallas –3.5, but the line has since dropped to Dallas –3.

Boyd writes: The Mavs led by 11 points before allowing a 36-6 spurt by the Nets Sunday as they lost big. Dallas is a championship caliber team and it will want to erase yesterday's poor performance as soon as possible. Philly is playing its best ball of the year, but it will run into a buzz saw tonight. The Mavs are 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games in Philly. They are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss period. The 76ers are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. We'll play the Mavs tonight in this bounce back spot.

Public betting information currently shows that of the 3,290 wagers placed on tonight’s game, 77% of bettors like the Mavericks -3. Accuscore agrees with the public and has the Mavericks as a 68% favorite.

Dallas’ top three scorers are Dirk Nowitzki (25.4 points per game, 3.4 assists and 8.3 rebounds), Josh Howard (18.7 points per game, 2.7 assists and 6.5 rebounds) and Jason Terry (16.3 points per game, 4.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds). Philadelphia’s top three scorers are Andre Igudala (19.9 points per game, 5.8 assists and 6.4 rebounds), Andre Miller (15.7 points per game, 8.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds) and Willie Green (12.5 points per game, 2.5 assists and 2.6 rebounds).

Some trends to consider for tonight’s game:

- DALLAS is 186-133 ATS (+39.7 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.

- DALLAS is 3-2 against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons

- DALLAS is 4-1 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons

- 3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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