Monday, December 16, 2019

NBA Picks December 20: Dallas at Philadelphia highlights action

The NBA action is heating up heading into the holiday season. With several top matchups in store on December 20, the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers highlight action.


Dallas Mavericks versus Philadelphia 76ers

The Dallas Mavericks head into Philadelphia first in the Southwest Division to take on the 76ers, first in the Atlantic Division. The 76ers hold a +27 to +24 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot down” versus “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Best to avoid betting the “over/under” in this one since the teams are trending on opposite sides of the line. Philadelphia is much more stable at +17 to +5 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Give the edge to the 76ers, who are extremely tough at home. Philadelphia should win in a close game.

Washington Wizards versus Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors sit third in the Atlantic Division and they host the Wizards, at the bottom in the Southeast Division. Toronto had a +16 to +3 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. Neither team has been playing well lately, as their “dead” and “ice cold up” statuses indicate. Best to play the “under” in this one, as both teams are trending under the line according to the Totals Predictor. Toronto is a much more stable team, meaning they are more consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status.  The Raptors should have little trouble taking down Washington in this one.

Phoenix Suns versus Oklahoma City Thunder

The Suns got off to a good start this season but now are fourth in the Pacific Division. They take on the Thunder, third in the Northwest Division. Both teams are playing poorly of late, as their “ice cold down” and “average down” status on the Team Strength Oscillator indicates. Avoid the “over/under” in this matchup with teams trending on opposite sides of the line. Oklahoma City is the more stable team, according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. Best bet is on the Thunder to take care of home-court advantage and win.

Orlando Magic versus Portland Trailblazers

Portland enters in last place in the Northwest Division and hosts the Southeast Division’s second-place Orlando Magic team. Orlando has a +12 to +9 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator and “average” versus “ice cold down” status. Both teams are showing stability, with the Magic at +18 and Trailblazers at +8 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. This game is a good opportunity to bet the “under” with both teams having been involved in many low scoring games. Look for Orlando to overtake Portland and come away with a road victory.

Detroit Pistons versus Boston Celtics

Boston is in a three-way battle with the 76ers and Raptors in the Atlantic Division. Sitting second, they host the Pistons who are third in the Central Division. Boston has a clear advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator, +24 to +12. Both teams are playing mediocre lately, according to the Team Strength Oscillator. Boston is the more stable team at the moment, performing more consistently according to their favorite/underdog status. Avoid the over/under in this game with conflicting views according to the Totals Predictor. Look for Boston to come away with a relatively easy win.

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