Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- The Philadelphia 76ers look to bounce back from one of the worst losses in their franchise history.
- The Milwaukee Bucks sit 3rd in the East and look to climb back into contention for the top two.
- The Bucks have won their last 6 meetings with the Sixers.
Sixers vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds
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Head-to-Head: Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks
|Philadelphia 76ers||Head-to-Head||Milwaukee Bucks |
|Doc Rivers||Head Coach||Mike Budenholzer|
|34-23 (5th in East)||Standing||36-23 (3rd in East)|
|111.1 (15th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.4 (6th of 30)|
|109.5 (10th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.9 (12th of 30)|
|95.8 (27th of 30)||Pace||99.4 (8th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Embiid (29.3)||PPG||G. Antetokounmpo (29.4)|
|J. Embiid (11.1)||RPG||G. Antetokounmpo (11.3)|
|T. Maxey (4.6)||APG||J. Holiday (6.7)|
|M. Thybulle (1.8)||SPG||J. Holiday (1.5)|
|J. Embiid (1.5)||BPG||G. Antetokounmpo (1.4)|
|M. Thybulle (.492)/J. Embiid (9.4)||FG%/FGM||G. Antetokounmpo (.547)/G. Antetokounmpo (10.1)|
|T. Maxey (.395)/S. Curry (2.2)||3P%/3PM||B. Portis (.410)/G. Allen (2.5)|
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|James Harden||Philadelphia 76ers||14 Feb 2022||Out (Hamstring)||Harden will be out through the All-Star break.|
|Brook Lopez||Milwaukee Bucks||2 Dec 2021||Out (Back)||Lopez underwent back surgery and will be out indefinitely.|
|George Hill||Milwaukee Bucks||1 Feb 2022||Out (Neck)||Hill has not played since Jan 28 and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Pat Connaughton||Milwaukee Bucks||13 Feb 2022||Out (Hand)||Connaughton will undergo surgery and is expected to return before the end of the regular season.|
|Grayson Allen||Milwaukee Bucks||15 Feb 2022||Day to Day (Hip)||Allen left Milwaukee’s Tuesday (Feb 15) game and did not return.|
|Wesley Matthews||Milwaukee Bucks||15 Feb 2022||Out (Toe)||Matthews was OUT for Milwaukee’s Tuesday (Feb 15) game.|
How Can the Sixers Beat the Bucks?
Philadelphia are coming off of one of their worst losses in franchise history, as they were blown out by the Celtics 135-87. To bounce back and take down the Bucks, Philly need to invest in ball movement and efficient scoring.
In their last game, the Sixers couldn’t convert on their opportunities. They did assist on 17 of their 23 field goals, a small consolation in the big loss. If they want to beat the Bucks, they must maintain their focus on moving the ball for better shots.
The Sixers are expected to struggle due to their lack of a natural point guard in the lineup. Should things run through Joel Embiid, his teammates will need to make it a point to find positions off the ball where they are available for efficient opportunities.
Sixers Key Player: (C) Joel Embiid
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) February 13, 2022
Absolutely embarrassed in his last outing, Joel Embiid will look to bounce back against one of the top teams in the conference. If he is on his game, everything becomes easier for his teammates.
In a blowout loss to the Boston Celtics, Joel Embiid posted 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in just 26 minutes of play. It isn’t that his production was poor overall, he just couldn’t influence the game enough on either end.
Against a team that likes to attack the paint, Joel Embiid may be more in his element. After attempting just 9 field goals in his last game, Embiid must come out firing on all cylinders to secure a win.
How Can the Bucks Beat the Sixers?
The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off of a solid win, despite many key contributors being unavailable to them. It sounds simple, and easy for the Bucks in particular, but to win they must play with pace.
Four key wing players are unavailable for the Bucks going into this game, meaning many of their less played members must step up. Against a Philly team that allowed 25 three-point field goals in their last game, Milwaukee must take advantage.
Giannis Antetokounmpo will set the pace, but the likes of Holiday, Middleton, and Portis need to convert on their chances with such a thin lineup. Don’t be surprised to see new acquisition Serge Ibaka see big minutes.
Bucks Key Player: (F) Giannis Antetokounmpo
? 50 PTS (17-21 FGM)
? 14 REB
? 4 AST pic.twitter.com/yDLn9wabqg
— NBA (@NBA) February 16, 2022
All things for the Milwaukee Bucks run through star big man Giannis Antetokounmpo. He’ll look to build off of one of his best ever outings in his last game.
In Antetokounmpo’s last game, a win over the Indiana Pacers, he posted 50 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists in 36 minutes of play. He was unstoppable, converting on 17 of 21 field goals while making 14 of his 18 free throw attempts.
The Greek Freak will draw a fair amount of attention in this matchup. He’ll face much more resistance in the paint than last time out, so he’ll either need to convert efficiently or show off his passing game.
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How to Watch Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks
|Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks Information|
|Teams||Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks|
|Location||Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Time||8:30 PM EST, February 17th, 2022|
|How to Watch||TNT|
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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