76ers vs. Bucks NBA Prediction
The Bucks and 76ers have both struggled against the spread of late, but Milwaukee has had previous success at the betting window in this series. Will the Bucks cash for bettors as a 5.5-point favorite tonight?
557 Philadelphia 76ers (+5.5) at 558 Milwaukee Bucks (-5.5); o/u 226.5
7:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, April 22, 2021
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Philadelphia 76ers DFS Spin
Joel Embiid posted a monster double-double during Wednesday's narrow loss to the Suns with 38 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, three triples, one steal, one block and eight turnovers in 33 minutes. Embiid went just 8-of-21 from the field in Monday’s loss to the Warriors, but he was much better tonight, drilling four of his first five shots and finishing 14-of-23 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the stripe. He did tweak his left knee during the third quarter and had to leave the game, but he returned for the fourth quarter to close, and nearly hit a full-court miracle shot at the buzzer to send the game to OT — but his shot rimmed out and that was all she wrote for Philly.
Milwaukee Bucks DFS Spin
Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 12-of-22 shots and 9-of-10 free throws (!) for 33 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block before leaving Monday's game in the overtime period with a left toe cramp. Giannis was unable to continue and the Bucks lost by a point in the extra session, resulting in a season sweep for the Suns. Deandre Ayton played some great defense against Giannis tonight and perhaps the best news for Giannis is that he hit all those free throws. The fact it was just a cramp that kept him out of most of the overtime session is great news and we're guessing he's good to go against the Sixers on Thursday, especially given that he'll have three days to rest. But we're still going to put him on the injury report, just in case. If Giannis does miss time with the injury, Bobby Portis would quickly become relevant again.
76ers vs. Bucks Betting Prediction
The 76ers are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games versus the Bucks are 0-3-1 against the number in their last four games overall and are 7-19-1 at the betting window in their last 27 games as a road underdog. While the Bucks have also struggled recently against the spread (they’re 0-6 ATS in their last six home games and are 0-4 ATS in their last four games as a home favorite), I like Milwaukee to continue its solid play versus Philadelphia.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: MILWAUKEE BUCKS -5.5