Date/Time: 11-01-2020, 20:30 EDT / 01:30 GMT
Spread: Dallas Mavericks -2 Total: +223.5
Two of the six best teams of each NBA conference are clashing in this high stakes matchup, when the sixth in the West Dallas Mavericks (23-15), who have won only once in their last 4 games and want to bounce back today, are hosting the fifth in the East Philadelphia 76ers (25-14), who, on the other hand, want to extend their current small winning streak.
The Mavericks have a 23-15 record (19-18-1 against the spread) and are sitting in the 6th place of the West. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost at home to the Lakers with a 114-129 score, not beating the odds. Luka Doncic leads the team in scoring with 29.4 ppg (third-best in the NBA), in rebounding with 9.7 and in assists made with 8.9 per game (also third-best in the league). Kristaps Porzingis is unavailable due to injury.
The 76ers have a 25-14 record (16-19-4 against the spread) and are sitting in the 5th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Celtics with a 109-98 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23.4 ppg, adding a team high 12.3 rebounds per game, but he is out with an injury. Tobias Harris follows with 19.4 ppg and 6.5 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, the Sixers won on the road with a 98-117 score. The Mavericks are 11-10 at home, while the Sixers are 7-12 on the road. The Mavericks are better offensively, scoring 116.3 ppg to Sixers’ 109.8, while the Sixers are better defensively, allowing 105.7 ppg to Mavs’ 109.7. The Sixers have a better field goal percentage (47.1% to 46%), while both teams have identical 3-point percentage (36.3%). The Mavericks are better both in boards grabbed (47.4 to 46.1) and in turnovers committed (12.9 to 15.1), while the Sixers are better in dimes made (26.6 to 24.4). The Sixers have been below average on the road even with Embiid active, so pick the Mavericks for the home victory today.
76ers vs Mavericks Prediction: Dallas Mavericks -2 (-110)