76ers (39-18, 17-12 road) at Bucks (35-22, 18-10 home)
- Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
- Place: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
- TV: TNT | NBC Sports Philadelphia | Bally Sports Wisconsin | NBA League Pass
The intangibles in this game will be interesting as the 76ers visit the Bucks on the second night of a home-road back to back after losing to the Phoenix Suns in Philadelphia last night. The 76ers are 5-5 on the second game of a back-to-back this season.
The Sixers maintain their 0.5 games lead over the Brooklyn Nets – who lost to Toronto – in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has lost two games this week and now the 76ers face two games in three days in Milwaukee.
The Bucks also have lost two in a row as they too fell to the Suns in a 128-127 loss on Monday. Milwaukee is sitting at 3.5 games off the 76ers in the East, so if they can sweep the two in Milwaukee, they would potentially close in on the top spot in the conference.
Milwaukee took a 109-105 overtime win in the first meeting between the two in Philadelphia on March 17. The Bucks trailed by as many as 19 and were down 45-31 at the end of the first quarter.
Milwaukee has won three in a row in the series and the Bucks are 6-3 on two days rest.
- Philadelphia 76ers – Seth Curry (hip), Tobias Harris (knee), Ben Simmons (illness) – all were OUT vs. Phoenix last night.
- Milwaukee Bucks – N/A
Vs. The Spread
Sixers (30-24-4 ATS):
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philly’s last 9 games
- The 76ers are 1-5 in their last 6 road games at Milwaukee
- Philly is 8-1 SU in it’s last 9 games vs. the Eastern Conference
Bucks (25-32 ATS):
- Milwaukee is 6-12 ATS in it’s last 18 games
- The OVER has been the play in 6 of the Bucks’ last 9 games
- The Bucks are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games
Last Time Out
Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid scored 38 points and brought down 17 rebounds, but the 76ers fell to Phoenix, 116-113, Wednesday evening. Embiid threw the ball the length of the court on a desperation heave at the buzzer as it hit the backboard, then the rim and bounced off. Danny Green added 18 points and Tyrese Maxey scored 14 for the short-handed Sixers (see injury list above).
The Bucks have had two days off after losing a 128-127 decision to Phoenix as well on Monday. Khris Middleton tied the game with 23 seconds left with a three-pointer, but PJ Tucker fouled Devin Booker, who went to the line and made a game-winning free throw with 0.3 seconds remaining in the overtime period. Giannis Antetokounmpo led with 33 points and eight rebounds while Middleton popped in 26 and Jrue Holiday netted 25.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Sixers||+8.5 (-110)||+300||O 225.5 (-110)|
|Bucks||-8.5 (-110)||-360||U 225.5 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
The Sixers’ injury list may dictate how well they can compete in this game and as with any of these, rest is a huge factor with whatever the call is on the injury. Joel Embiid (30.1 ppg, 51.5%-FG) banged his knee during the third quarter last night, but he came back into the game and carried the 76ers to the brink against the Suns’ whose 19-7 road record leads the NBA. Philadelphia needs the pop that Seth Curry (41%-3) and Tobias Harris (20.5 ppg, 52.1%-FGl 40.7%-3) can give them from the perimeter with Danny Green (41.8%-3) in order to accentuate this matchup with the Bucks, as the home-road split on the back-to-back given the caliber of opponents is a tough assignment.
Key 76ers Stat:
Ben Simmons (14.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 7.1 apg) was also sidelined last night and his defense as well as the slashing and three-point game is needed here against Milwaukee. He has missed the last two games vs. the Warriors and Suns after playing 36 minutes and scoring 12 points on nine shots in last Friday’s win over the Clippers.
When analyzing the injury report for Philadelphia, you have to keep in mind the challenge now with Brooklyn as the two teams are neck and neck in the Eastern Conference for the 1-seed. The role players are stepping up beside of Embiid, but there are still close losses that have been incurred. Furkan Korkmaz continues to be a player to watch in the rotation as he has averaged 13.3 points in making 10 triples over his last three games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged 25 points in his last three games since coming back from injury. The Bucks have upped his minutes in those three games as he logged 35 against Phoenix. Jrue Holiday was a major pick up on the point and will be a key in how far Milwaukee can go in the playoffs. He has averaged 21.7 points over his last three games as he is 24-of-47 from three. He has scored over 20 points in seven of his last 11 games.
Key Bucks Stat:
Milwaukee is the second leading rebounding team in the NBA as the Bucks log 48.3 per game. Khris Middleton and Bobby Portis average 5.3 rebounds per game behind Antetokounmpo’s 9.4. The Bucks’ rebounding by committee approach should be able to thwart Embiid’s domination on the boards.
After leading the NBA in scoring in each of the last two years, the Bucks are at it again by leading the NBA at 119.3 points per game. The 76ers hold opponents to 108.3 points (7th/NBA) as they defend at a 45.3 percent clip (4th/NBA).
Winner: Bucks (-8.5) 116, Sixers 106