Games are at 7:30 and 8:30 pm EST.
0-1 Friday, 96-90-2 overall.
Mavericks (-6) @ Hawks (239.5)
Pick: Mavericks -6
Normally I’d think twice about a team on the second leg of a back-to-back road stretch. However, Dallas won comfortably last night in Orlando after outscoring the Magic 34-18 in the first quarter. Couple that with Atlanta off an upset win over Miami on Thursday, and the Mavs look like the side in this one. The Hawks are horrible and when bad teams get those kinds of wins like they did against the Heat, they usually don’t follow them up accordingly. Dallas has also been an ATM as a road favorite coming into this contest at 18-6-2 against the number on the highway. We’re at the point in the year where a team with a lot on the line in the way of draft position like Atlanta is worth fading a lot down the stretch, especially against a team like Dallas trying to secure home court advantage in the first round.
Sixers (+9) @ Bucks (227)
Pick: Sixers +9
We played the Sixers +9 about two weeks ago in Milwaukee. Philly was at the end of a four-game road trip, had lost the first three, and we felt the number was a little inflated. The Sixers lost by 11 and had a chance to push had Ben Simmons made a pair of free throws in the closing seconds. Things have changed for the Sixers since then, but this number hasn’t. In the four games after that loss in Milwaukee, Philadelphia is 4-0 and 2-1-1 ATS. What better way to declare you’ve turned the corner than to win in Milwaukee considering all the road struggles the Sixers had before the break. Our handicap here really isn’t much more than the Sixers playing better since they last visited the Bucks and getting the same amount of points anyway.