The daily preview it to the rim with NBA tips as dark horse threats Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks lock horns for the first time this season.
14:00 (AEDT), Sat 5th Feb @ American Airlines Center, Dallas
History: Played 79: Mavericks 40 V 76ers 39
Last meeting: April 12, 2021: 76ers 113 d Mavericks 95 at American Airlines Center
Final Thoughts: Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers are entrenched in the top six of their respective conferences, but both teams are aiming to return to the winner’s circle in this intriguing showdown.
After going on a 10-1 run from New Year’s Eve, the 29-23 Mavericks have lost four of their last seven. They have dropped their last two to bottom-two opposition – despite Luka Doncic’s heroics. Doncic (34 pts, 12 reb, 11 ast) put up a triple-double in a two-point defeat in Orlando, while his 40-point performance wasn’t enough to prevent a home overtime loss to the Thunder two days ago.
Reggie Bullock (23 pts, 8 reb, 3 stl) was a standout off the bench against OKC.Kristaps Porzingis succumbed to a knee injury in the Mavs’ most recent win over the Pacers and will miss his third straight game.
The third-placed 76ers went on a 15-3 run from Boxing Day to the end of January. The Sixers are starting to prove they are more than a one-man band; with MVP favourite Joel Embiid sitting out the game against the Grizzlies earlier this week, Tyrese Maxey (33 pts, 8 ast, 4 blk), Tobias Harris (31 pts, 5 ast) and Andre Drummond (16 pts, 23 reb, 5 ast) spearheaded a 122-119 overtime win.
But the 31-20 Sixers’ five-game winning streak was halted two days ago by the lowly Wizards, 103-106. Embiid returned with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Seth Curry missed the game and is questionable to face Dallas, while Shake Milton remains out.
The Sixers won both clashes with the Mavs last season comfortably – 111-97 in Philadelphia and 113-95 in Dallas. Embiid put up 59 points and 16 rebounds across the two victories.
The Mavericks are 16-10 at home (12-13-1 ATS) but have lost two of their last four in Dallas. The 76ers are an outstanding 17-9 on the road (16-10 ATS), winning eight of their last nine away from Philly.
The Porzingis injury has robbed this game of a blockbusting match-up with Embiid – and the Mavericks of trump card in their bid to knock off one of the NBA’s top teams. The Sixers are great value as underdogs, particularly given their record on the road.
Best Bet: Result – 76ers @ $2.05
Same Game Multi: Result – 76ers; Total – Over 210.5; Joel Embiid Points – Over 31.5; Luka Doncic Assists – Over 8.5 @ $10.58