Following a decisive loss to the Boston Celtics in their last game, the Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to rebound.
I believe they’ll do so at the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. Philadelphia’s NBA odds are +220 and the NBA point spread is +6.5. The 76ers will have a strong desire to earn a win against another contender, climb up the Eastern Conference standings and go into the All-Star break on a high note.
No matter what, the best players for these teams have strong chances to shine in this matchup. Here are some of my other favorite bets from this game.
Joel Embiid Over 31.5 Points (-120)
Embiid is second in the NBA in scoring with 29.3 points but has picked up the pace as of late. He’s averaged 30.4 in his last 10 games.
Playing away from home doesn’t affect him either. He’s totaled 30.1 points per contest in 21 road games this year.
Embiid is making a strong push to win his first MVP award, as he has the best NBA betting odds at +150. And 32 or more points against the defending champions would help his case.
Embiid is also tallying 12.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals in his last nine games. That means Over 2.5 steals and blocks (+130), 16.5 assists and rebounds (-130), 36.5 points and assists (-110) and 44.5 points and rebounds (-105), as well as finishing with a double-double (-400) are all appealing bets.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Over 29.5 Points (-145)
The Bucks are in need of some momentum going into the All-Star break as well. Antetokounmpo will be integral in that effort.
He scored 50 points on Tuesday against Indiana and has 32.8 in his last nine appearances. In his one game against the 76ers this season, he had 31. Antetokounmpo should continue this momentum, even if it may be in a losing effort.
Antetokounmpo has chalked up 11.3 rebounds and six assists per game for the season and 11.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists in his last nine appearances, so Over 16.5 assists and rebounds (-105), 35.5 points and assists (-120) and 40.5 points and rebounds (-115) are all worthy of consideration as well.
Khris Middleton Under 19.5 Points (-105)
Middleton has been dealing with a slight decline in productivity his last few games.
He averages 19.4 points per game for the regular season, yet he’s had 17.1 in his last 10 outings. And while he’s a 36.4% 3-point shooter for the year, he’s only made 26.6% from deep in this recent stretch.
Middleton may have an impact on this game in other ways, but I expect his scoring output to remain below his season average.
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