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Tuesday’s record: 4-2
Dallas Mavericks vs. Washington Wizards
The Dallas Mavericks have continued to slide down the Western Conference standings as they now sit as the seventh seed. They head over to the nation’s capital to face off against a Wizards team that despite the fact they have nearly lost double the amount of games they’ve won, they’re just 3.5 games out of a playoff spot.
Unfortunately for Dallas, they’re going to have to play without their two biggest stars; Luka Doncic is out for both road games this week due to an ankle injury and Kristaps Porzingis suffered a broken nose during Wednesday nights game against Memphis.
Washington has been playing well recently at home, they’re 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games.
With a full squad, the Mavericks are a far superior team, but with no Doncic or Porzingis, two important players they run their offense through, it’s going to be tough to keep up the Wizards.
Washington Wizards -110
Memphis Grizzlies vs Philadelphia 76ers
The road was not kind to the 76ers as they went 0-4 against the Hawks, Celtics, Heat, and Bucks. It doesn’t get better as they’ll play for a second straight night at home against the Grizzlies.
Memphis is on a hot streak by winning six of their last seven, and they were also active at the trading deadline; they acquired someone who has actually played an NBA game this season in Justise Winslow in exchange for Andre Iguodala who refused to play for Memphis.
You would think with how to these two teams are playing right now that Memphis is the clear pick. However, the fact this game is in Philadelphia is the key.
Here’s the best way to explain it:
Jason Mamoa in the first ten-seconds of the commercial is the 76ers in the Wells Fargo Center, after that it’s them on the road.
Philadelphia 76ers Straight Up
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz
Portland is on an impressive ride as they have won five of their last six games. A big part of this is in thanks to Damien Lilliard who is averaging just under 45 points over the last seven games The Utah Jazz, however, are going in the opposite direction; they are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, including a 124-107 loss to Trail Blazers last week in Portland.
Utah had a tough road trip losing all four games, playing at home should help them against a Portland team that is 10-17 on the road this season.
You would also believe it would benefit them to face a Trail Blazers squad that will be on the back-end of a back-to-back, but that’s not the case. If we look at betting trends, Utah is only 5-8 against the spread this season when they have a rest advantage against its opponent, Portland is 7-7 with a rest disadvantage. I like this as a close game.
Portland Trail Blazers +8.5
Totals To Bet On
Detriot Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Over 218.5
Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers Over 218.5