Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks Free NBA Expert Prediction
Time: January 16th 3:30pm EST
Current Odds: Bucks +7
Martin Luther King Jr day brings a full slate of NBA basketball and we’re zeroed in on two of the promising young teams in the NBA. The Philadelphia 76ers take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
“The Process” is the term used by the Philadelphia 76ers organization as they rebuild for the future. The 76ers have endured several seasons of suffering through basketball that was frankly not up to NBA standards. Since the 2013-14 NBA season the 76ers, to date, have won a total of 59 games. On the season the team has won 12 games but they have begun to play solid basketball after winning 5 of their last 7 games. The biggest reason for this turnaround has been Joel Embid.
Joel Embiid is averaging 19.6 points and 7.6 rebounds but the energy he brings has been the catalyst for this team. It’s hard to imagine any other player having more fun playing on a losing basketball team but you can sense he believes that his team will be contenders in the near future. Embid is a center piece of this team and when he is on the court this team is significantly better on both ends of the court. His hustle and energy brings a spirit to this team that they have lacked for years. It will be interesting to watch this team when their #1 overall pick, Ben Simmons, returns from injury.
The Bucks look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. “The Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 23.2 points and 8.7 rebounds while Jabari Parker is averaging 20.8 points and 2.6 assists. These two lead a team that averages 105.4 PPG. The Greek Freak is a matchup nightmare for most teams as the 6’11” forward can move like a guard and rebound with the best.
The 76ers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bucks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Monday games.
The last three matchups between the Bucks and 76ers were decided by a combined eight points. The 76ers are enjoying their best stretch of basketball in years and the confidence is growing with their young players. The Bucks played yesterday and simply haven’t been great against the number overall. Embid will be inserted back into the lineup after rest and I’m riding the 76ers +7 points in this matchup. It should be a close game and we’ll be witness to some of the rising stars in the NBA.
76ers vs Bucks FREE NBA Pick: Philadelphia 76ers +7