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Philadelphia 76ers at San Antonio Spurs odds, picks and prediction

Mar 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson (3) and center Jakob Poeltl (25) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers (42-21) roll into AT&T Center Sunday for an 8 p.m. ET game with the host San Antonio Spurs (31-31). Below, we analyze the 76ers-Spurs odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

Philly has won three games in a row, all by at least 22 points, following a four-game losing skid from April 19-24 (3-3-1 against the spread in those seven games).

The Sixers are a half-game back of the first-place Brooklyn Nets for home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

San Antonio lost back-to-back games against the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics to finish its four-game road swing 2-2 straight up but 3-0-1 ATS.

Prior to their road trip, the Spurs won and covered the spread in three of six games. The Spurs are 3 games in front of the 11th-place New Orleans Pelicans for the final seed in the Western Conference postseason play-in tournament.

The Sixers have beaten the Spurs in four straight meetings, including a 134-99 stomping without C Joel Embiid in their first meeting this season March 14.

76ers at Spurs: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 2:20 p.m. ET.

  • Money line: 76ers -250 (bet $250 to win $100) | Spurs +195 (bet $100 to win $195)
  • Against the spread/ATS: 76ers -6 (-110) | Spurs +6 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 220.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

76ers at Spurs: Key injuries

76ers

  • None.

Spurs

  • PG Dejounte Murray (knee) questionable
  • PF Trey Lyles (ankle) out

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76ers at Spurs: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

76ers 121, Spurs 104

Money line (ML)

PASS since Philly is the play but the 76ers (-250) are a no-go at this price.

The Spurs are vying for playoff seeding, and SG DeMar DeRozan and head coach Gregg Popovich could (but won’t) figure out a way to steal this game at home.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The 76ERS -6 (-110) proved they could create a scoring margin against the Spurs even without Embiid in the game because they have 3-point shooters who can exploit San Antonio’s 24th-ranked defensive 3-point percentage.

Also, Philly shuts down what San Antonio does frequently, which is attempt mid-range jumpers.

DeRozan, in particular, loves to operate in the mid-range, but the Spurs as a team attempt the third-highest volume of mid-range shots in the league and the Sixers have the best defensive field-goal percentage against mid-range jumpers, according to CleaningTheGlass.com.

Furthermore, with Embiid active for this game, the Sixers will most likely score even more points in the paint than the 66 points they put up in the first meeting. The Spurs defense is 24th in paint points allowed per game.

BET 76ERS -6 (-110) for 1 unit.

Over/Under (O/U)

“LEAN” to the OVER 220.5 (-115) for a half unit because 13 of the last 16 76ers-Spurs meetings played to the Under, but those three games that went Over were all in their previous four matchups, which the Sixers won.

The reason why the Over cashed in three of their four most recent meetings is the Spurs cannot stop the Sixers; Philly is averaging 125.8 points per game against San Antonio in those contests.

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