NBA Prediction: Blazers vs. 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers are red-hot, winning eight of their last 10 games and going 6-3-1 ATS over that span. Will they cover as a 9.5-point home favorite though against the visiting Trail Blazers tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET?
501 Portland Trail Blazers (+9.5) at 502 Philadelphia 76ers (-9.5); o/u 227.5
8:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, February 4, 2021
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Portland Trail Blazers DFS Spin
Damian Lillard (abdomen) is questionable for Thursday vs. the 76ers. Dame said he could "barely move" at the beginning of last game so this is definitely a concern for the Blazers and for his fantasy managers. With the Blazers already shorthanded, they would need to heavily rely on the red-hot Gary Trent Jr. if Dame couldn't play, and Anfernee Simons would be an obvious pickup as well.
Philadelphia 76ers DFS Spin
Joel Embiid dominated the Hornets in his return on Wednesday, sinking 11-of-18 FGs and 9-of-10 FTs for a game-high 34 points and 11 rebounds. Embiid added two assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes during a road win in Charlotte. That's seven wins in the past eight games for Philly. "It's not rocket science. We are a better team with Joel Embiid on the floor," Tobias Harris said recently. "But for the nights he does have to rest his body and get himself at 100 percent, we have to figure out our flow and how we are going to play." That could be the case again on Thursday, unfortunately, as there's a strong chance Philly rests Embiid in the second half of a back-to-back set.
Trail Blazers vs. 76ers Betting Prediction
The Trail Blazers are a near-perfect 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games versus the 76ers and have cashed in five of their last six road games. They’re also 5-2 against the number in their last seven games as a road underdog and are 4-1 against the number in their last five road games when facing an opponent with a winning home record. On the other side, the 76ers are just 4-11-2 at the betting window in their last 17 games when their starting five players combing for more than 160 minutes of the previous day. They’re also winless against the spread in their last four games playing on zero rest.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS +9.5