Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers Pick
The Philadelphia 76ers (49-29) will lock horns with the Milwaukee Bucks (58-20) at the Wells Fargo Center for a pivotal Eastern Conference clash. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM and scheduled to be televised on TNT for national audiences. The two teams last met in March in Milwaukee with the Sixers closing as a six-point underdog. The points weren’t needed as Philly staged a 130-125 upset over the Bucks.
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Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers Overview
The Bucks last took the court Monday in Brooklyn against the hosting Nets. Closing as a one-point underdog, Milwaukee defeated the Nets 131-121.
The 76ers come in on a two-game losing streak capped off most recently by an upset loss last night in the Atlanta. Closing as a 4.5-point favorite, Philadelphia fell by a score of 130-122 to those pesky Atlanta Hawks.
Reasons To Back Milwaukee
Milwaukee has all the ingredients to dominate this contest. After all, they are the best team in the NBA in terms of scoring (117.9 points per game), and they are also the best in undermining the shooting operations of those they come across. Milwaukee allows the opposition to hit just 43.2% of their field goal attempts. When you factor in that Milwaukee has also had two extra days to prepare for this contest, they have the advantage of extra time to hone this strategy and be the fresher team to boot.
Reasons To Avoid Philadelphia
Some other books would suggest that the Sixers are overvalued here as they could be justified as being offered as a five-point underdog here. Given Philly's relatively poor form as of late, the only justifiable reason is an overreaction to what occurred in the last episode between these two clubs. However, a lot of things went right for Philly to get the upset including a prolific performance that saw the Sixers hit over 46% of their three-point attempts. This is a feat that is rarely duplicated and makes Philly a very dicey roll. It is indeed not a good scenario to find oneself taking back fewer points due to a recency bias with the previous narrative taken into consideration.
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Bucks at 76ers Pick 04/04/2019
The Bucks were not happy about the result of the last two teams’ meeting on March 17th because it was only their sixth loss in Milwaukee this season. Before a nationally televised audience, Philly seemingly beat the Bucks at their own game and outscored them on their own floor. Milwaukee will have revenge on their mind here and will be chomping at the bit to hand Philly their tenth loss at home this season. Given the fact that a win also gives the Bucks home court throughout the playoffs, the stakes are high for the Deer, and I expect them to cash in.