The Philadelphia 76ers look for the season sweep when they take on the host Dallas Mavericks in an NBA interconference game on Monday. The 76ers (36-17), who are 12-10 against Western Conference opponents this season, have had a lot of success on the road, going 16-12. The Mavericks (29-23), who are 13-11 on their home court, are 13-7 against Eastern Conference foes. Dallas has won three of the last four meetings with Philadelphia and 14 of 20.
The game from American Airlines Center in Dallas is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. The 76ers are averaging 113.7 points per game, while the Mavericks average 111.5. Philadelphia is a three-point favorite in the latest Sixers vs. Mavericks odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 218.5. Before making any Mavericks vs. Sixers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- 76ers vs. Mavericks spread: 76ers -3
- 76ers vs. Mavericks over-under: 218.5 points
- 76ers vs. Mavericks money line: 76ers -145; Mavericks +125
- PHI: The under is 5-0 in the 76ers' last five road games
- DAL: Is 4-0 against the spread in its last four games against a team with a winning straight-up record
Why the Sixers can cover
Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons gets most of the headlines, but the Sixers have several solid complimentary pieces. Guard Seth Curry is coming off a solid performance at Oklahoma City on Saturday, finishing with 11 points, six assists and four rebounds. He has reached double figures in 10 of his last 15 games, and is averaging 12.3 points, 2.9 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game in 42 appearances, all starts. He ranks second all-time and first among active players with a 44.3 career 3-point percentage, behind only Steve Kerr (45.4 percent).
Guard Shake Milton has also been a key component to the Philadelphia offense and has reached double figures in 11 of the past 13 games, including a 27-point performance at Cleveland on April 1. In the last meeting against Dallas on Feb. 25, Milton finished with 10 points, six assists and four rebounds. For the season, he is averaging 13.7 points, 2.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. He is shooting 86.6 percent from the free throw line. Philadelphia is expected to have Tobias Harris (rest) and Danny Green (hip) back in the lineup after they both missed the last game.
Why the Mavericks can cover
Despite that, Philadelphia isn't a lock to cover the 76ers vs. Mavericks spread. That's because Dallas is tough to beat at home and is 13-11 on its home floor this season. Powering the Mavericks is guard Luka Doncic, who has reached 20 or more points in each of his last seven games and 13 of 14. He scored 29 points on Sunday against San Antonio in a 119-117 loss. For the season, he is averaging 28.5 points, 8.7 assists, 8.2 rebounds and one steal per game. He is the franchise leader in triple-doubles with 34.
Center Kristaps Porzingis also averages over 20 points per game at 20.4. He is also averaging 9.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 assists. In 36 minutes against San Antonio on Sunday, he finished with 31 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. He collected a career-high-tying 18 rebounds to go with 31 points against Indiana on March 26. He has 10 games where he has scored 25 or more points with Dallas going 7-3 in those games.
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