NBA Games of the Week Feature Thunder at Rockets and Mavericks at 76ers

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

By Kyle Markus
BETCRIS NBA Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets have looked like the best team in the NBA for most of the season, but the Oklahoma City Thunder may be catching a break when they face off this weekend. The Rockets have already wrapped up the best record in the NBA and could choose to rest some players down the stretch. If that happens the Thunder will have a much better chance at winning this Game of the Week.

Another critical contest this week features the Dallas Mavericks at the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers are the hottest team in the NBA and on Cleveland’s tail for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. It would be a huge accomplishment to get there, and the 76ers should be sizable favorites in this matchup.

Let’s dig deeper into these matchups in NBA odds.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets

Date and Time: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 5:30 p.m. ET

Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets TV Coverage: ABC

The Thunder is 45-34 on the season and in the middle of several teams trying to get a good seeding in the Western Conference playoff race. Oklahoma City is currently No. 6 but could easily move up to the fourth seed. In the worst-case scenario, the Thunder could fall out of the postseason completely with a horrible finish to the year.

The Rockets are 63-15 this year and have won nine of ten games. They should be the road favorites in this one if everyone plays, but that might not happen. Keep a close eye on the lineup heading into this matchup.

Player To Watch

The player that will have the biggest effect on the spread is Rockets star James Harden. He is the front-runner for the MVP and has led Houston to a dominant season. Coach Mike D’Antoni wants to make sure he is rested for the postseason, which is where the potential sitting out comes in. If Harden plays, the Rockets should be favored.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets Free Picks

There is too much uncertainty with Houston’s lineup. Take a motivated Thunder team to come away with a critical victory.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets ATS Pick: Thunder to cover

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets Score Prediction: Thunder 118, Rockets 107

Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Date and Time: Sunday, March 4, 2018, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers TV Coverage: NBATV

The 76ers are now 47-30 on the season after 11 straight wins, and are even with the Cavaliers in the loss column. Philadelphia has struggled for many years but its young talent is definitely starting to blossom.

The Mavericks are only 24-54 on the year and is one of only a few teams with single-digit road wins on the season. Dallas won’t have much motivation to play well in this one.

Injury Report

Philadelphia star center Joel Embiid is sidelined with an orbital fracture, and the absence of the team’s star big man is not a good thing. However, the 76ers have done just fine without him of late, as Ben Simmons has taken over in a big way.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers Free Picks

The 76ers are rolling, and don’t expect it to stop here. However, the Mavericks will keep this one closer than expected in NBA basketball spread betting.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers ATS Pick: Take the Mavericks to cover the spread

Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers Score Prediction: 76ers 104, Mavericks 97

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