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2021 NBA Handicapping
(15-15) Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers (21-11)
Date: Thursday, February 25th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
Thursday, February 25th the Dallas Mavericks will meet the Philadelphia 76ers for the first time this season. Both teams played and lost on Monday.
Last season, the squads played twice with the Mavericks winning both contests. The Mavericks hold the slim edge in all-time victories with 40 wins in the team’s 77 meetings.
This season has presented its fair share of adversity for the Mavericks who got out to a poor 8-13 start. Along the way, they dealt with injuries and players missing games due to health and safety protocols.
The most concerning issue was the top-ranked offense of last season ranked 21st through the Mavericks first 21 games.
Finally, it seemed like they had turned a corner with players healthy and more importantly seemingly rediscovered their rhythm offensively posting the second-ranked offense through seven games in February.
Then everything came to a screeching halt as a severe winter storm hit Texas causing the postponement of two games and an eight-day layoff.
For most teams, this would be a welcome respite to get rest and refocus but with the Mavericks on a roll a hiatus could’ve affected their momentum.
Dallas took advantage of the time off to practice and address system issues. They returned to the hardcourt on February 22nd for a back-to-back set winning both matches (Grizzlies, Celtics).
Although Kristaps Porzingis is out again (back) the Mavericks showcased the benefit of that practice time playing better on defense and displayed growth by winning a game in clutch time — an issue that plagued them last season.
Maxi Kleber (ankle) and Porzingis are questionable for Thursday.
Joel Embiid has been a force this season garnering MVP discussion for his efforts. Through his 26 games, he’s posting career-highs in points (29.8), field goal attempts/percentage (17.7 – 52.7%), 3-point efficiency (40.5%), steals (1.3), free throw attempts/efficiency (11.7 – 85.5%) as well as 11.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 blocks.
Facing the team who sent him from the court in tears in 2019 the big man had every reason to be confident based on his dominance this season and bolstered by the knowledge his nemesis Mark Gasol was now with the Lakers and Serge Ibaka with the Clippers.
And while the 76ers managed to split the two consecutive games in Tampa, Embiid might now be wondering if Nick Nurse is the real Raptor he should fear.
In the two games Embiid 25 and 18 points however he needed 14 and 12 trips to the line to garner those points because he shot 6 of 20 and 3 of 13 in the two contests or a cumulative 27.2 percent.
Fortunately, with a shortened 72-game season the 76ers won’t face the Raptors again this season unless they meet in the postseason.
Seth Curry (ankle) missed the Tuesday match versus the Raptors and is questionable for Thursday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Mavericks are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Mavericks are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction:
Two compelling matchups feature Ben Simmons on Luka Doncic and Joel Embiid versus Kristaps Porzingis. The latter isn’t certain however given the injury report.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks +5
The 76ers are 13-2 at home this season while the Mavericks are 7-7 on the road which gives Philly the edge but if Zinger and Kleber are back Dallas has a chance at stealing this game. If both remain out I still like Dallas to keep it close but switch to Philly getting the win.
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