In the only primetime game on Thursday night, Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers will play Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on TNT at 8:30 p.m. ET. When these two Eastern Conference contenders last played each other, the Bucks defeated the Sixers 118-109 on Nov. 9. The Bucks are 6.5-point favorites according to DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total set at 224.
Pick ATS: Sixers +6.5
The Sixers had their two-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night in a humiliating 135-87 loss at home. Philadelphia struggled to defend the three-point line, allowing the Celtics to shoot 55.6% and 56.1% from the field. Offensively, the Sixers could not find their groove, only shooting 28.7% from the field.
They will try to get back on track on the road, where they gone 5-2 in their last seven games since Jan. 5. Coincidentally, Philadelphia has been a better team on the road with an 18-10 record this season. The Sixers are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games and 17-11 ATS on the road this season. Philadelphia is also 9-4 ATS when listed as road underdogs this season.
The Bucks snapped their two-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a nine-point win at home over the Indiana Pacers. Milwaukee has played good basketball at home this season with a record of 20-10. Giannis and Co. have had the Sixers’ number over the last few years, going 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games against Philadelphia. However, the Bucks are 9-17 ATS when listed as the home favorite this season. We should expect the Sixers to bounce back after a poor shooting performance and try to make it a game.
Over/Under: Over 224
When these two teams played each other earlier this season, the total points scored were 227. The Sixers are 22-33-1 this season when it comes to overs and 12-15-1 away from Wells Fargo Center. As for the Bucks, the total has gone over in six-straight games. And they are 29-30 when it comes to overs this season.
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