- The Milwaukee Bucks are six-point favorites at home over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night at the Fiserv Forum
- This is the first of a two-game series between the Eastern Conference contenders
- A look at the matchup and odds for 76ers-Bucks can be found below with a pick
The depleted Philadelphia 76ers visit the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:00 p.m. ET Thursday in a key Eastern Conference game at the Fiserv Forum.
The 76ers (39-19) are on top of the conference by only 0.5 game over the Brooklyn Nets (39-20). The Bucks (35-22) are 3.5 games back in third place and can cut into Philadelphia’s lead as this is the first of a two-game series with the 76ers.
The 76ers and Bucks have both lost back-to-back games. Philadelphia dropped a 116-113 decision to the visiting Phoenix Suns on Wednesday as a three-point underdog. Milwaukee fell to the Suns 128-127 in overtime on Monday at home as a three-point favorite.
76ers vs Bucks Odds
|Team||Moneyline||Spread at DraftKings||Total|
|Philadelphia 76ers||+195||+6 (-110)||Over 226.5 (-113)|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-240||-6 (-110)||Under 226.5 (-109)|
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Sixers Are Shorthanded
The 76ers were without three starters Wednesday night – Ben Simmons (undisclosed illness), Tobias Harris (right knee) and Seth Curry (right hip flexor). Coach Doc Rivers said he did not know if any of them would play Thursday.
Joel Embiid almost made the shot of the year, though, that would have forced overtime. However, his 85-foot heave rattled in and out as time expired.
Embiid was so close on the potential game-tying shot!
The replay is wild 😯 pic.twitter.com/bDVS5csph3
— ESPN (@espn) April 22, 2021
Embiid finished with 38 points and 17 rebounds. It was the fourth time in the last five games he scored at least 36 points and his 20th 30-point game of the season. Embiid also notched his 26th double-double and was two rebounds shy of his season high.
There was a scary moment in the third quarter when Embiid slammed his left knee off the court. However, after a few minutes on the bench, he was able to return to action and should play Thursday.
Danny Green added 18 points for the 76ers, his highest scoring output in 12 games.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 22, 2021
The 76ers shot 51.2% (41 of 80) from the field and out-rebounded the Suns 44-33. Yet Philadelphia was hurt by 16 turnovers, including a season-worst eight by Embiid.
Philadelphia fell to 0-3-1 against the spread in its last four games.
Bitter Loss for Bucks
The Bucks also took a tough loss against the Suns in their last game. With the score tied 127-127 with 0.3 seconds left in overtime, Phoenix’s Devin Booker was fouled while shooting by P.J. Tucker and made the first free throw to win it.
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BallySportSAZ) April 20, 2021
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points. However, he sat out the last four minutes of OT with a cramp in his calf.
It was Antetokounmpo’s 21st game of the season with at least with at least 30 points and his highest in the three games he has played since missing six games in a row with a knee injury.
Khris Middleton had a fine all-round effort with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Jrue Holiday chipped in with 25 points and eight assists.
Khris came up clutch late:
26 PTS | 7 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL pic.twitter.com/Cx6NLEVaYt
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 20, 2021
The Bucks led by seven points with 4.5 minutes remaining in regulation but could not hold the lead. In all there were 24 lead changes and 16 ties.
Bucks Hold Recent Edge
The Bucks have won three straight games against the 76ers including a 109-105 decision on March 17th in Philadelphia as six-point underdogs.
Antetokounmpo led the way for Milwaukee with 32 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. Donte DiVincenzo shined in his hometown, finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Holiday added 19 points, six rebounds and six assists and Middleton scored 15 points.
The 76ers played without Embiid, who had an injured knee. Harris led Philadelphia with 19 points while Green had 18 points on six three-point field goals and Shake Milton contributed 15 points off the bench.
It was a rather ugly game. The Bucks shot 40.6% (41 of 101) and turned the ball over 22 times while the 76ers hit just 39.4% (43 of 109) and had 20 turnovers.
The Bucks are favored this time and justifiably so against the beat-up 76ers, who are on the second night of a back-to-back. However, Embiid is on a tear and will at least keep Philadelphia close.
- The Pick: 76ers +6 (-110)
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