Mavericks vs. 76ers NBA Predictions: The Spencer Dinwiddie Effect

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Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks visit Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers in what promises to be a very entertaining game on Friday night. Here’s a complete preview, including betting odds and free NBA picks.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Friday, March 18, 2022 – 07:00 PM EDT at Wells Fargo Center

The 76ers opened at -2.5 at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) and FiveThirtyEight have them at -4.5, giving them a 67 percent chance to win. BetOnline set the total at 221 in their NBA odds board.

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In Spencer We Trust

The Mavericks (43-26 SU, 38-30-1 ATS) have won their last three games, including Wednesday's hard-fought 113-111 road victory on a Spencer Dinwiddie 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Nets! It capped a 15-point fourth quarter for Dinwiddie and a 22-point game. Luka Doncic had a game-high 37 points with nine rebounds and nine assists and Jalen Brunson added 22 points. The Mavs are now 10-2 straight up and 8-3-1 against the spread since trading for Dinwiddie.

The 76ers (42-26 SU, 32-34-2 ATS) have alternated wins and losses in their last four games but they're 0-3-1 ATS in that span. Philadelphia is coming off a hard fought 118-114 road win in Cleveland as 4-point favorites.

Joel Embiid had a monster game with 35 points, 17 rebounds and five assists, Tyrese Maxey went off for 25 points, James Harden finished with 21 points and 11 assists despite going just 1-for-6 from beyond the arc and Tobias Harris added 19 points, six rebounds and three assists. The 76ers are extremely tough to beat when their four best players contribute significantly, which doesn't happen too often because Harris has been inconsistent all year. Can he deliver against the Mavericks?

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How to Bet This Game

These two teams last met on February 4 and the Mavericks won 107-98 in Dallas behind a Luka Doncic triple-double (33 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds). The Mavs got the victory despite shooting just 10-for-34 (29.4 percent) from 3-point range. Back then James Harden was not with the 76ers but the Mavericks still hadn't traded for Spencer Dinwiddie and he can be a difference-maker on Friday. It's simple.

Dinwiddie makes the Mavericks a better team because he can go get buckets. Luka Doncic now has another wing to throw it to in games when defenses key in on him. Dinwiddie isn't afraid, as seen against the Nets, he's a great fit in Dallas and it's hard to bet against them right now. This will be a close game and Dallas is an NBA-best 8-1 in clutch time since Dinwiddie joined them. The Mavericks were just 12-15 in clutch time before this.

Final Score: Mavericks 108, 76ers 106

NBA Pick: Mavericks +3 (-108) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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