Dallas Mavericks versus Philadelphia 76ers Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 12-18-2012

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The 12-12 Philadelphia 76ers will be the road club as they battle the 11-13 Dallas Mavericks in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip time from Dallas is scheduled for 8:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The betting odds in this NBA game has the home side Dallas Mavericks favored by -4 ½ points with the over under set at 192 ½ points. There has been no movement in the line in this contest since the odds were released a few hours ago.

The two teams went head to head on November 27th and it was Philadelphia with the 100-98 home win against the Mavericks as a -3 point betting favorite. The game went over 192 points. Trend: Philadelphia 76ers are 0-3 ATS in their past three games.

The 76ers have lost three straight games. On Sunday they drop a 111-98 home decision to the LA Lakers as a +3 point underdog. For Philadelphia the major issue has been their scoring. It’s a chronic problem for years now. The team averages just 92 points a game ranking 27th in the NBA. Guards Jason Richardson and Nick Young are inefficient shooters hovering around 40% shooting from the field. The team is 4-5 straight up on the road this season.

The Mavericks return home off a disappointing 0-3 road trip. They have a bad 95-74 road defeat to Toronto on Friday night. The following night on Saturday they lose in overtime to Minnesota 114-106 as a +5 point road underdog.

Dallas defensively allows 101 points a game ranking 28th in the NBA. Their leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki has not played this season as he has been sidelined following knee surgery. It looks like Dirk will be back in early January. O.J. Mayo leads the Mavericks with 20 points a game. Guard Derrick Fisher has been a bad acquisition as the inept guard shoots for just 35% from the floor and he plays nearly 28 minutes a night.

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