The biggest NBA matchup of Tuesday night is a pivotal one in the East with the Milwaukee Bucks (46-28) visiting the Philadelphia 76ers (46-28). The winner moves into the No. 2 seed in the conference while the loser drops to fourth. Tip-off from Wells Fargo Center will be at 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Bucks vs. 76ers odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
Milwaukee is 7-3 in its last 10 games, but had a two-game winning streak snapped Saturday by the Memphis Grizzlies (127-102). The Bucks also have covered in seven of their last 10 games, including a 6-2 mark against the spread (ATS) when favored over their opponent. Milwaukee ranks fourth in scoring (114.9 points per game) and second in rebounds per game (46.8), but is just 17th defensively in points allowed (111.2).
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. MVP candidate C Joel Embiid is second in the NBA in scoring (29.9 points per game) to go along with 11.4 rebounds per game, while G James Harden is 18th at 22.5 points per game.
Bucks at 76ers odds, spread and lines
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:03 p.m. ET.
- Money line: Bucks +102 (bet $100 to win $102) | 76ers -125 (bet $125 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Bucks +1.5 (-110) | 76ers -1.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 230.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)
Bucks at 76ers key injuries
- PF Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) probable
Bucks at 76ers odds, lines, picks and predictions
Bucks 114, 76ers 110
The Bucks are playing well and should be at near-full strength Tuesday when they visit the 76ers. They have the size to contend with the 76ers, specifically Embiid in the paint, and SG Jrue Holiday gives them a threat on the wing to spread Philadelphia out.
Despite being slight underdogs, I like the BUCKS (+102) to win outright.
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