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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Dallas Mavericks - 01/05/2019 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia 76ers - Dallas Mavericks
Date & Time Saturday January 5, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -6.5 — Over/Under: 226.5
TV Channel
NSPA
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NBA | Philadelphia 76ers - Dallas Mavericks
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The Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers meet Saturday in NBA action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Dallas Mavericks could use a victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 110.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 19.5 points and five assists while Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Smith Jr. is dishing four assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.

The Philadelphia 76ers look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 114.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 112.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 26.9 points and 13.6 rebounds while JJ Redick is averaging 18.3 points and 2.8 assists. Jimmy Butler is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Simmons is grabbing 9.1 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won six of their last eight home games.

The Mavericks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The 76ers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 39-17-1 ATS in their last 57 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia. The over is 5-2 in 76ers last 7 overall. The over is 7-3 in Mavericks last 10 overall.

The Dallas Mavericks have had their road struggles well documented and are on the end of a back to back, but the Philadelphia 76ers are so hit or miss that it's tough to back them whenever laying any decent sized chalk. The 76ers are being outscored by 2.6 points in their last five games while allowing 117.4 points. The Mavs are also being outscored by just 5.7 points on the road this season, so we're getting some value with the line. I'm just not comfortable laying big numbers with the 76ers, especially against a feisty team such as the Dallas Mavericks. 

Pick:
Dallas Mavericks +6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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