NBA Betting: 76ers, Mavs Fight To Stay Alive

The Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks both face elimination Thursday night as they head into Game 6 of their conference semifinals down 3-2.

The 76ers head home for Game 6 where they’ll face the Miami Heat as a 2.5-point favorite at Bovada Sportsbook. The Heat took a 3-2 series lead by winning 120-85 in Game 5 on Tuesday night as a 3-point home favorite. So far in this series, the home team has won every game both straight up and against the spread.

To clinch the series, Miami will need to improve its recent road record. The Heat are 1-3 SU and ATS in their last four road games. As an underdog, they’ve lost two straight both SU and ATS, and when listed as the underdog in the playoffs, they’ve lost seven straight with a 1-6 ATS record.

Home-court advantage has been real for Philadelphia lately as the 76ers are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games, and 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight. When favored, the Sixers have won three in a row SU and ATS, and they’re 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10.

In nine matchups between Miami and Philadelphia this season, the Heat are 5-4 SU and ATS. In those nine games, the home team is 7-2 SU and ATS.

Mavericks have been a strong wager as home underdog

In Thursday night’s other matchup, the Dallas Mavericks face a must-win Game 6 against the Phoenix Suns as 2-point home underdogs.

Phoenix grabbed a 3-2 series lead on Tuesday night with a 110-80 win as 7-point home favorites. The home team has also won every game of this series both SU and ATS.

During their playoff run, the Suns are 2-3 SU and ATS on the road. The Suns were favored in four of those games, going 2-2 SU and ATS. In their last 13 games in the playoffs as a road favorite, the Suns are 7-6 SU and ATS.

Dallas has been almost unbeatable at home lately with four straight wins both SU and ATS, and a 10-1 SU record and 9-1-1 ATS mark in the last 11. As a home underdog, the Mavericks are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six. For totals bettors, the Mavericks have been a strong UNDER play as a home underdog with an 8-1 UNDER record in their last nine.

In eight matchups this season between the Suns and Mavericks, the Suns are 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS.