Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks face off on Wednesday in NBA action. The 76ers are -1 point favorites over he Bucks with an over/under point total set at 197.
The Philadelphia 76ers have lost three of their last four games and though they are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings they are 7.5 games behind the final playoff qualifying spot. Philadelphia is 20-17 at home this season, 15-25 against the Eastern Conference, and they are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The 76ers are averaging 92.8 points, shoot 44.4 percent, and grab 41.3 rebounds per game while defensively they allow 96.6 points and their opponents shoot 45.4 percent. The Sixers shoot 72 percent from the free throw line and 35.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Jrue Holiday is averaging 18.4 points and 8.6 assists, Thaddeus Young is averaging 15.1 points and 7.5 rebounds, Evan Turner is averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Spencer Hawes is averaging 10.8 points and 7.0 rebounds. With the Bucks being the team Philadelphia is chasing they can gain a full game with a win here.
The Milwaukee Bucks are sitting in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings and right now that’s good enough for a first round playoff date with the Miami Heat. Milwaukee has lost three games in a row, are 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are 16-18 on the road this season. The Bucks are averaging 98.7 points, they shoot 43.6 percent, and they grab 43.9 rebounds per games while defensively they are allowing 100.2 points and their opponents are shooting 45.2 percent. The Bucks are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the three-point arc and they are hitting 73.7 percent of their free throws. Monta Ellis averages 19.4 points and 5.8 assists, Brandon Jennings is averaging 18 points and 6.9 assists, Ersan Ilyasova is averaging 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy is averaging 10.5 points. Milwaukee is a game and a half behind the Boston Celtics for the seventh position in the East.
Philadelphia is 4-0 against the spread following a loss, 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight games overall, 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four home games, and 2-5 against the spread against the NBA Central. Milwaukee is 7-19 against the spread in their last 26 games overall, 3-13 against the spread following a loss, 1-5 against the spread following a game which they covered the point spread, and 1-7 against the spread in their last eight Wednesday games. Milwaukee is 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine games in Philadelphia and the underdog has covered the spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Both of these teams are staggering of late but Milwaukee seems to be the streaky ones this season and right now the streak is a losing one so I will roll with the 76ers in what looks to be a tight one.
Philadelphia 76ers -1 Milwaukee Bucks