PICK OF THE DAY: (2u) 76ers -8 @ -110
- The 76ers have an 88-22 W/L record in night games at Wells Fargo Center since 2017-18. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker).
Why we're backing the Sixers
Philadelphia (35-22) continued to struggle on the road and snapped a four-game winning streak in ugly fashion, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks 119-98.
The 76ers were outplayed from the opening tip and never led in the game, shooting under 35 percent from the field and three-point range.
Joel Embiid was the lone Sixer to get anything going, putting together a double-double with a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds. Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz each added 17 points off the bench.
Atlanta (17-41) won a second straight game taking down the Dallas Mavericks at home 111-107.
The Hawks rallied in the fourth quarter and outscored the Mavericks by 13 to pull out the win.
John Collins went off with a monster double-double, scoring a game-high 35 points with 17 rebounds. Trae Young added a double-double of his own with 25 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.
Despite the road troubles, the 76ers are currently on a 12-game winning streak at the Wells Fargo Center and have the best home record in the NBA (26-2).
Although the eight-point spread seems like a lot, I like Philadelphia to bounce back and cover at home.
(1u) Grizzlies +8 @ -110
- Memphis has a 4-2 ATS record at the STAPLES Center against the Clippers following a loss since 2016-17.
The reason we’re backing the Grizzlies
Los Angeles (37-19) has hit a rough patch, losing a third straight game when falling to the Sacramento Kings 112-103.
Kawhi Leonard did what he could to keep the Clippers close, scoring 31 points on 10-of-23 shooting with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Memphis (28-28) lost a second consecutive game, falling on the road to the Lakers 117-105.
Ja Morant led the way for the starters, scoring 17 points, while Brandon Clarke and Gorgui Dieng each contributed double-doubles with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
These teams have split the first two meetings between each other with completely different results - Los Angeles winning the first outing in Memphis 121-119 but being blown out at home 140-114.
The Grizzlies will return to Los Angeles again on Monday and although the Clippers will surely keep the game more competitive this time around, my expectation is Memphis will do more than enough to cover the spread.
(1u) Magic +3 @ -110
Orlando Magic @ Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 PM:
- The Magic have a 16-12-1 ATS record against the Nets since 2011-12.
The reason we’re backing the Magic.
Brooklyn (26-29) got back on track in a big way by blowing out the Charlotte Hornets 115-86.
Eight different Nets scored in double figures, including the entire starting rotation, as the team shot nearly 50 percent from the field.
Jarrett Allen and Garrett Temple both led the way contributing double-doubles - Allen had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Temple had 15 points with 11 rebounds.
Orlando (24-32) stumbled at home to the Mavericks, losing 122-106. The Magic were ice cold, shooting 20 percent from three-point range and under 40 percent from the field.
Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon did most of the heavy lifting for Orlando, posting a double-double each.
Vucevic totaled 27 points and 12 rebounds and Gordon added 10 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
These teams met in January which resulted in the Magic winning at home 101-89.
Orlando’s defense was the difference maker in that matchup as they held the Nets to under 25 percent shooting from three-point range and 33 percent from the field.
I’m anticipating the Magic defense to show up again this time around against the inconsistent Nets and keep the game close enough to cover the spread.