Mavericks vs. 76ers Prediction
Will the Philadelphia 76ers have any issues tonight when they host the Dallas Mavericks at 7:30PM ET?
549 Dallas Mavericks vs. 550 Philadelphia 76ers
Saturday, January 5, 2019
7:30PM ET – Wells Fargo Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the 76ers are the clear favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -7 points against Dallas. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 226.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 82 percent going on the 76ers as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Mavs struggle on the road
The Mavericks are in the midst of a lengthy road trip and they have just three road wins on the entire year. They are coming off a 114-93 loss at Boston last night. Dallas is 18-20 on the season, 3-17 on the road, 23-15 against the spread and 20-18 with the over.
Dallas is in the middle of the road on both offense and defense this season. The Mavs are putting up 110.4 points per game while allowing 109.8 points per game on defense. Luka Doncic is leading the Mavericks with 19.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while Harrison Barnes is adding 18.6 points per contest.
76ers return home
Philadelphia ended a West Coast road trip with a 132-127 win at Phoenix on Wednesday. The 76ers were 3-1 in their four games out West. Philly is now 25-14 on the season, 16-3 at home, 19-20 against the spread and 23-16 with the over.
The 76ers are one of the stronger offensive teams in the NBA, as they average 114.6 points per game. Defensively, the 76ers are giving up 112.5 points per game despite limiting opponents to 44.8 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is questionable for tonight’s game with an illness and has reportedly been clashing with the coaching staff as of late. Butler averages 18 points per game this year. Joel Embiid is leading the team with 26.9 points and 13.6 rebounds per game while Ben Simmons adds 16.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.9 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Mavericks have covered the spread in six straight Saturday games and in five straight following a loss.
The 76ers are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games and 24-8 ATS in their last 32 home games against a team with a losing road record.
The 76ers had a pretty promising trip out West and now return home to play a Dallas team that has been miserable on the road. The Mavericks don’t match up well with this Philadelphia team, as the 76ers have players to limit Dallas’ best talent. I would expect the 76ers to dictate the pace of play and roll to a lopsided win.
NBA Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -7