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NBA Best Bet of the Day: Philadelphia 76ers at Dallas Mavericks

Mar 18, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) makes a basket over New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center to become the sixth all-time leading scorer in NBA history. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers pay a visit to the Dallas Mavericks Monday with tipoff coming at 8:30 p.m. Eastern from American Airlines Center.

The Golden State Warriors crushed the spread in a 47-point victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday but we still snuck in with the under and the easy outright win to improve our NBA picks record to 15-6.

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Dallas Mavericks: By the Numbers

  • The 76ers have gone 8-2 over their past 10 outings but are just 5-5 against the spread in that time. The Mavericks are 3-7 straight up but 4-4-2 against the number.
  • Dallas is 22-15 straight up at home this season and 21-14-2 ATS. The Sixers have covered the spread in just 16 of 37 games as the visitors.
  • Philadelphia has gone 6-2 against the total in its past eight games, but the Mavs are just 4-4.
  • The 76ers average 104 possessions per game and rank seventh in offensive efficiency. Dallas ranks in the bottom half of the league in pace, and offensive and defensive efficiency.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Dallas Mavericks: Key Injuries

76ers C Joel Embiid did not travel with the team for the three-game road trip, as he stays back in Philadelphia to rest for the postseason and missed his second straight game. SF Jimmy Butler is questionable to play after undergoing treatment for his back after the team’s game Saturday.

Mavericks PF Luka Doncic sat out Sunday with a thigh injury and the young star will be questionable to play the second half of the back-to-back.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Dallas Mavericks: Best Bet

Moneyline: The 76ers are laying -290 on the road. They have the depth to overcome the absence of Embiid and potential loss of Butler, while the Mavericks are already without SG Tim Hardaway Jr. and don’t have any way to make up for the absence of Doncic. Back the road favorites.

Against the spread: The much better number for Philadelphia is -110 to cover a modest seven-point spread. Its past two wins have each come by at least nine points.

Over/under: The best play in this game is the UNDER on a total of 220.5 which pays -110. Both sides are missing too much firepower for this one to become a shootout.

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