The Philadelphia 76ers (39-19) hit the road to battle the Milwaukee Bucks (35-22) Thursday for the first of a two-game set at Fiserv Forum. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the 76ers-Bucks odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.
The 76ers will be glad to see an Eastern Conference team after losing a pair of home games to the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns in the past couple of outings.
It’s been a brutal stretch for Philly, as prior to those two games they had a pair of wins in showdowns with the Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets, so the schedule maker has really been unkind.
The Bucks are in the same boat as Philly, losing a pair of home games to teams from the West in the past two games.
Milwaukee was nipped 128-127 in overtime against the Suns on Monday, following up a 128-115 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.
In fact, the Bucks are on an uncharacteristic five-game skid at home, and they have failed to cover each of the past six in Cream City.
76ers at Bucks: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line: 76ers +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Bucks -250 (bet $250 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS: 76ers +6 (-110) | Bucks -6 (-110)
- Over/Under: 226.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
76ers at Bucks: Key injuries
- SG Seth Curry (hip) probable
- SF Tobias Harris (knee) probable
- SG Ben Simmons (illness) probable
- SF Giannis Antetokounmpo (leg) questionable
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76ers at Bucks: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Bucks 121, 76ers 118
Money line (ML)
The Bucks (-250) will cost you two and a half times your potential return, and that’s just too expensive over the long term to bet that way.
Against the spread (ATS)
The 76ERS +6 (-110) are ‘dogs by three baskets on the road in this one, and that’s a good value play with Giannis nursing a leg cramp.
He left the game in overtime against the Suns, but it’s hard to envision him not playing here. Still, Philly is the way regardless of his status.
OVER 226.5 (-110) is the way to go, although obviously Antetokounmpo making it through the game without any setbacks is paramount.
The Over is 8-1 in Milwaukee’s past nine at home, and 7-0 in their past seven as a home favorite. In fact, the Over is 13-5 in their past 18 as a favorite overall.
Philly has been about the Under lately, but Milwaukee will get them to play their tempo at Fiserv.
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