Doncic and Irving lead Mavs over Sixers, game round ups

By DJ Arthurs

March 03, 2023

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The Dallas All Star duo of new signing Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic combined together last night in spectacular style, scoring 82 points between them as the Mavericks comfortably beat the Sixers. The other 3 NBA games played last night, Tues Mar 2nd, were won by teams who were the bookie's outsiders.

Warriors (2.35), Wizards (2.02) and Spurs (2.70) delivered a combined 12.82 NBA Parlay win for this author, albeit only a small bet of $25 returning a tasty $320.

Philadelphia 76ers 126, Dallas Mavericks 133

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Mavericks, odds 1.60
Line: Mavericks (-3.5), odds 1.87
Total Points: Over (228.5), odds 1.93 - an ultra rare over from a Mavs game!

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 42 points, Kyrie Irving added 40 and the new All-Star pairing sparkled throughout the Dallas Mavericks’ 133-126 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

Doncic won a matchup of the NBA’s top two scorers as Joel Embiid finished with 35 points for the 76ers, who were playing a night after a win in Miami without their All-Star center.

Irving and Doncic (12 assists) became the first Dallas teammates to score at least 40 in the same game.

They each had a 20-point first half while combining for 45, then combined to score 10 points in the first 102 seconds of the third quarter to start a 20-4 run for a 91-71 Dallas lead.

Tyrese Maxey scored 29 points for Philadelphia, and James Harden, who made his first 11 shots, finished with 19 points and 10 assists.

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LA Clippers 91, Golden State Warriors 115

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Warriors, odds 2.35 - outside odds win for GS at home
Line: Warriors (+3.5), odds 1.92
Total Points: Under (232.5), odds 1.92

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jordan Poole scored 34 points, Klay Thompson had 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, and Golden State used another big second-half surge to rally past Los Angeles for its straight victory.

Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points and hit from deep to beat the buzzer that ended the second quarter, putting the cold-shooting Clippers ahead 56-45 at halftime.

Then the Warriors charged back with a 42-point third quarter while holding the Clippers to 16 points to lead 87-72 heading into the final 12 minutes.

Mason Plumlee had a season-best 20 rebounds and his 14 in the initial two quarters were the most of his career in any half. Eric Gordon made his first start in six games since joining the Clippers in a trade from Houston and scored 16 points in the team’s fourth straight defeat and sixth in eight.

Toronto Raptors 108, Washington Wizards 119

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Wizards, odds 2.02 - marginal outside odds win for WAS
Line: Wizards (+3.5), odds 1.90
Total Points: Over (222.5), odds 1.88

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored the game’s first 10 points and finished with 30, Kristaps Porzingis added 25 points, and Washington beat Toronto in the opener of a two-game set between Eastern Conference playoff contenders.

Daniel Gafford scored 18 points and Delon Wright had a season-high 11 assists for the Wizards (30-32), who moved within percentage points of the ninth-place Raptors (31-33) in the East standings.

O.G. Anunoby scored 26 points and Jakob Poeltl had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who had won five of their previous six games. Pascal Siakam had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto. Scottie Barnes and Fred VanVleet had 14 points apiece.

Indiana Pacers 99, San Antonio Spurs 110

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Spurs, odds 270 - marginal outside odds win for WAS
Line: Spurs (+5.5), odds 1.88
Total Points: Under (238.5), odds 1.88

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jeremy Sochan had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his first career double-double and San Antonio defeated Indiana with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich out because of an illness.

Devin Vassell scored 18 points for the Spurs in his return after missing 25 games following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He shot 8 for 15 in his first game since Jan. 2.

Popovich and lead assistant Brett Brown were out with non-COVID-19 illnesses. Popovich is expected to return for Saturday’s home game against Houston. Spurs assistant Mitch Johnson collected his first victory.

San Antonio has won two straight after dropping a franchise-record 16 in a row.

Buddy Hield had 27 points to lead the Pacers and Chris Duarte had 18.

All betting results and odds provided by PlayUp, Australia's best NBA sportsbook.

By The Associated Press and DJ Arthurs | 03/03/23

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