Mavericks vs. 76ers Prediction
Can the Philadelphia 76ers snap out of their funk when they play host to the Dallas Mavericks tonight at 8PM ET?
551 Dallas Mavericks vs. 552 Philadelphia 76ers
Friday, December 20, 2019
8PM ET – Wells Fargo Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, the 76ers are favored at home in this game, as they are getting odds of -8.5 points against the Mavericks. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 213.5 points. The public betting currently has 68 percent going on the Mavericks as the road underdog. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Dallas has alternated wins and losses over its last six games and the Mavs are coming off a 109-103 loss at home to Boston on Wednesday night. The Mavericks are 18-9 on the season, 10-2 on the road, 16-11 against the spread and 18-9 with the over.
The Mavericks are putting up 117.6 points per game on offense this season while shooting 46.4 percent as a team. Defensively, Dallas is giving up 109.2 points per game while holding opponents to 44.3 percent shooting. Luka Doncic has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and is out tonight. He averages 29.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.9 assists per contest. Kristaps Porzingis is putting up 17.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest. Seth Curry is questionable to play tonight as well with a back injury. He is averaging 10.2 points per game.
76ers lose two straight
Philly has dropped two straight as a favorite, losing to the Nets and the Heat this week. The 76ers had five straight wins prior to that. Philadelphia is 20-9 on the season, 14-1 at home, 12-14-3 against the spread and 15-13-1 with the under.
The 76ers are putting up 109.1 points per game on offense this year while shooting 47.3 percent from the field. Defensively, the 76ers are giving up 104.2 points per game while holding opponents to 45.4 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is leading the team with 22.7 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. Tobias Harris is adding 19.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Mavericks are 8-1-1 against the spread in their last 10 games as a road underdog and 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 games following a loss.
The 76ers are 3-1-2 against the spread in their last six home games and 0-2-2 ATS in their last four games as a favorite.
This is the first meeting between these two this season. Philly has been struggling this week, as teams have moved to a zone defense against them and are forcing them to shoot from the outside. Though they shoot 36 percent from the arc, the 76ers aren’t a great outside shooting team. I am not sure if Dallas has the players to execute the zone against Philly. Also, without Doncic, the Dallas offense is likely to slow. It scored just 103 at home against Boston. Philly can’t let this losing skid linger, and Embiid has been playing really well in recent games. I expect him to pick up the steam today and lead Philly to a lopsided victory tonight.
NBA Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -8.5