Tonight at 7:00 PM EST at the Wells Fargo Center, the 46-28 Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokoumpo will face off against the 46-28 Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid in a battle for the 2nd seed in the east.
Milwaukee is 7-3 in its last 10 games, but had a two-game winning streak snapped Saturday by the Memphis Grizzlies. Philadelphia has won six of its last 10 games, including three of its last four. The 76ers lost their last game by 10 points to the Phoenix Suns to snap a three-game winning streak.
While Giannis was listed as probable, he is now listed as active but he may have reduced minutes. That would be awful for the Bucks chances to win this game going against a fully healthy 76ers team.
Betting lines have tonight’s game at the 76ers -1.5, but the big difference maker is Giannis. This game has huge playoff implications since both teams only have 8 games left in the season.
It has been known that the Bucks start struggling on defense while holding leads, something the Sixers come back from extremely easily. In the paint, Brook Lopez is not only 3 inches shorter than Joel Embiid, his vertical is 7 inches shorter than Embiid’s 37”.
James Harden has been disappointing from three point range, going only 32% from the three point line; however, I expect him to pick up the slack tonight against a Bucks defense that is statistically worse away against shots from three.
This should be a great game as both teams are going to win after coming off of a loss. This is a must win game for the Sixers who are trying to hold off the red-hot Celtics from taking their spot seed in the east and if they can put the pieces together, I believe that they have it in them to beat the reigning league champs.