76ers vs. Bucks Pick
Will the Philadelphia 76ers notch the win tonight at 8PM ET against the host Milwaukee Bucks in a game between two teams both playing the second end of a back-to-back?
Who Oddsmakers Like: According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Bucks are listed as a 4-point favorite on the spread line. The total has not yet been set, but click here for up-to-date odds.
Who the Public Likes: As of Monday morning, public betting info had not yet been released. Click here for the latest information.
Injury Report: Sixers guard Jerryd Bayless has missed the last five games with a sore wrist and is questionable for tonight's game. Furkan Korkmaz is out until mid-February with a lisfranc injury. JJ Redick is out until early February with a leg injury. Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. For the Bucks, Malcolm Brogdon has missed the last two games with a sore calf and is questionable tonight. Jabari Parker is recovering from a torn ACL, but is expected to make his season debut before the All-Star Break. Mirza Teletovic is out until late March as he recovers from knee surgery and pulmonary emboli in both lungs.
Who the Trends Like: Milwaukee is 1-5 ATS in its last six home games. Philadelphia is 4-0 ATS in its last four games following a straight up loss. The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Milwaukee.
Who We Like: Philadelphia might have lost 122-112 at the Thunder Sunday night, but center Joel Embiid did provide a highlight-reel dunk as he put Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook on a poster. Even with the loss, the 76ers have won five of their last seven games and are getting solid contributions from a number of players. The status of Embiid should be checked on before placing a bet as he often sits out the second end of back-to-backs. While players like Dario Saric and Robert Covington usually rise to the occasion when Embiid is out, he is still invaluable to how the Sixers function. Milwaukee has won all three of its games since firing head coach Jason Kidd, but today is a step up in competition and I believe the winning streak might end here. Philadelphia won the first meeting 116-94 on its home court on Jan. 20, but it should be taken with a grain of salt as Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was sitting out. I like the 76ers here, but do take caution if Embiid does end up sitting out. Even if he does, a Philly bet might not be the worst if the spread goes much further in Milwaukee's favor as it gets closer to tip-off.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS +4
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