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Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers: Do the Sixers have the depth to support Embiid?

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated November 18, 2022
5 min read
  • The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off a win in their last game.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers look to extend their winning streak to three games.
  • The Bucks won their earlier meeting with the Sixers this season, 90-88.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers Predictions and Picks

Injuries are going to determine how competitive the Bucks are in this matchup, but even then they'll have a difficult time controlling the Sixers. Philadelphia's defense is still tough to manage, but when led by an in-form Joel Embiid the Sixers definitely have the edge.


Philadelphia 76ers def. Milwaukee Bucks

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Bucks vs 76ers Predictions

Head-to-Head: Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers

Milwaukee Bucks
Head-to-HeadPhiladelphia 76ers
Mike BudenholzerHead CoachDoc Rivers
10-3 (2nd in East)Standing7-7 (8th in East)
109.8 (23rd of 30)Off Rtg112.0 (18th of 30)
105.4 (1st of 30)Def Rtg109.9 (5th of 30)
99.9 (14th of 30)Pace96.9 (27th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

G. Antetokounmpo (31.3)PPGJ. Embiid (32.3)
G. Antetokounmpo (11.8)RPGJ. Embiid (10.1)
J. Holiday (7.9)APGJ. Harden (10.0)
J. Carter (1.6)SPGT. Harris, D. Melton (1.6)
B. Lopez (2.5)BPGJ. Embiid (1.8)
S. Ibaka (.529)/G. Antetokounmpo (11.1)FG%/FGMP. Tucker (.574)/J. Embiid (10.8)
G. Allen (.426)/J. Holiday (2.4)3P%/3PMP. Tucker (.458)/T. Maxey (2.9)

Injury Report

Joe InglesMilwaukee Bucks25 Sep 2022Out (Knee)Ingles is expected to return sometime in January.
Khris MiddletonMilwaukee Bucks16 Oct 2022Out (Calf)There is no timetable for Middleton's return.
Grayson AllenMilwaukee Bucks17 Oct 2022Out (Wrist)Allen was OUT for Milwaukee's Wednesday (Nov 16) game.
Pat ConnaughtonMilwaukee Bucks15 Nov 2022Day to Day (Ankle)Connaughton was OUT for Milwaukee's Wednesday (Nov 16) game.
A.J. GreenMilwaukee Bucks15 Nov 2022Day to Day (Nose)Green was OUT for Milwaukee's Wednesday (Nov 16) game.
Jrue HolidayMilwaukee Bucks 15 Nov 2022 Day to Day (Ankle)Holiday was OUT for Milwaukee's Wednesday (Nov 16) game.
Wesley MatthewsMilwaukee Bucks 15 Nov 2022 Out (Hamstring)Matthews was OUT for Milwaukee's Wednesday (Nov 16) game.
James HardenPhiladelphia 76ers3 Nov 2022Out (Foot)Harden is expected to miss at least a month with a strained foot.
Furkan KorkmazPhiladelphia 76ers14 Nov 2022Day to Day (Knee)Korkmaz was OUT for Philadelphia's Sunday (Nov 13) game.

Milwaukee Bucks Game Notes: Can the Bucks' Defence Make up for Their Offensive Shortcomings?

The Milwaukee Bucks have faced their first run of adversity this season, going 2-3 over their last five games. When they face off against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Bucks will need to maintain their impressive defence against one of the league's most dangerous players in Joel Embiid.

The Milwaukee Bucks' defence has been brilliant throughout this season. They are second in the league in scoring defence (106.4 allowed), first in field goal percentage allowed (43.9%), and first in two-point field goal percentage allowed (48.5%).

The Bucks' defence has made up for their rather lacklustre offensive performances this season. Plagued with injuries, the Bucks need to be near-perfect defensively if they hope to compete with the Sixers.

Bucks Key Player: (F) Giannis Antetokounmpo

If the Milwaukee Bucks have any hope of winning this game against the Sixers, Antetokounmpo needs to be aggressive on offence. His defensive standards are always high, but he's coming off of a passive, although effective, win.

In Milwaukee's 113-98 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Antetokounmpo posted 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists in 31 minutes of play. He struggled to score, going 6 of 18 from the floor and 4 of 11 from the free-throw line.

It's good for the Bucks that Antetokounmpo can impact the game in areas other than scoring. But against a Sixers team with such significant individual talent, Antetokounmpo will need to get back on track offensively to help his team to victory.

Philadelphia 76ers Game Notes: Do the Sixers Have the Depth to Support Embiid?

The Philadelphia 76ers have been carried by Joel Embiid's offensive dominance over their last few games. When they take on the defensive-minded Milwaukee Bucks, the Sixers bench will be expected to support him.

While the Sixers have gotten back-to-back 40-plus point performances from Embiid, they still own the league's worst bench scoring (23.7). The lack of scoring production from their bench is the main contributor to why the Sixers own the league's 29th-rated scoring offence (108.5).

The Milwaukee Bucks are a strong defensive team, who will certainly have the scheme to slow down Joel Embiid. If Philly hope to overcome their Eastern Conference rivals, their role players will need to produce when Embiid is the focus of Milwaukee's defence.

Sixers Key Player: (C) Joel Embiid

The Philadelphia 76ers are on a good run of form and it's definitely off the back of some spectacular play by Joel Embiid. If the Sixers can receive a similar level of dominance from Embiid against the Bucks, Philadelphia will be in a great position to win.

Over his last two games, Joel Embiid has averaged 50.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 7.0 assists in 38.4 minutes per game. He's shooting 62.3% from the field and is shooting 82.5% from the free throw line on 20 attempts per game.

Embiid will have his hands full with Milwaukee's rim protectors, but his ability to draw fouls is a game changer. Having gone 2 of 11 from three in his last two games, the Sixers will have a great chance if he continues to attack the rim.

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  • Who: Milwaukee Bucks & Philadelphia 76ers
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • When: 7:30 PM EST, Friday, November 18th, 2022
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