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Breaking down the spread, money line, DFS options in Cavaliers-Sixers

Will Ben Simmons return to Philadelphia’s lineup for an easy matchup vs. Cleveland? We provide game analysis for betting and DFS.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The big injury to monitor on Tuesday’s slate is Ben Simmons, who has missed the past three games with a shoulder injury and is questionable to play tonight vs. the Cavaliers. The 76ers ended a three-game skid with a win over the Hornets on Sunday, but it’s clear they need Simmons back to run the offense. Philly has been turning the ball over more in this recent stretch and the offense becomes more one-dimensional with defense focused on Joel Embiid. Cleveland hasn’t been a complete doormat this season, on a two-game winning streak, but that isn’t saying much when the two wins are vs. the Knicks and Wizards.

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Point Spread: PHI -9.5
Over/Under Total: 215.5
CLE Moneyline: +400
PHI Moneyline: -530

Breaking down betting lines for Cavaliers vs. Sixers

A lot of the way we approach this game will depend on whether Simmons suits up, but initially we can get in early, hoping the All-Star returns to the lineup. The issue is the lines makers likely aren’t giving the Cavs a shot coming in at +400 on the moneyline. The spread sitting at just 9.5 seems enticing though, with or without Simmons in for the Sixers.

Breaking down DFS options for Cavaliers vs. Sixers

Cleveland isn’t a very efficient defensive team and should get crushed on the boards by Embiid ($9,400), though Al Horford (rest) is taking a seat tonight. Tristan Thompson, I would imagine, draws the assignment of guarding Embiid, so Tobias Harris ($6,800) and Mike Scott ($3,200) a softer matchup vs. Kevin Love ($8,200) down low. Scott makes for a extremely good value play. This seems like a spot Embiid could explode, but be wary of the game script. The 76ers would have to keep the Cavs in the game for Embiid to play heavy minutes.

If you’re going to target anyone on Cleveland, it really depends if the Sixers are without Simmons. If he remains out, the Cavs should have an easier time on the perimeter. Without Simmons over the weekend, the Hornets shot 42% from three-point range. Collin Sexton ($5,700), Cedi Osman ($4,400) and Love all stand out as sharp shooters who could get open for a few 3s. I think Thompson is a fade given his matchup vs. Embiid and Horford down low. Osman, Sexton and even Darius Garlund ($4,400) are decent value plays, though injuries will likely dictate value on a heavier slate.

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