Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/25/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia -3
Wells Fargo Center is the site where Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers (22-10, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Milwaukee Bucks (27-4, 1st in the Central Division) on Christmas Day. Philadelphia opens this matchup as 3 point favorites. The O/U has been set at 222.5.
The Bucks are covering the spread 58.1% of the time, having gone 18-13-0 ATS. Philadelphia covers the spread 48.3% of the time, going 14-15-3 against the spread.
Key Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
12/23/2019 Dragan Bender SF Ankle Game Time Decision
12/14/2019 Eric Bledsoe PG Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Dec 30
Key Philadelphia 76ers Injuries
12/22/2019 Matisse Thybulle SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
Giannis Antetokounmpo comes into this game averaging 31.0 points per contest while playing 31.1 minutes per night this year. He grabs 12.9 rebounds per contest and distributes 5.6 assists per game. His FG percentage is 57% while his free throw percentage is 60%. Khris Middleton averages 18.0 points per contest in 27.7 minutes per game. He averages 3.5 assists per game and 5.4 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 49% for the season while his free throw percentage is 89%.
Joel Embiid scores 23.0 points per contest while playing 30.8 minutes per game. He hauls in 12.6 rebounds per contest and has 3.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is at 82%. Tobias Harris averages 19.7 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 34.2 minutes per game. He also brings in 6.7 rebounds per game and has 3.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 79%.
Useful Team Statistics
Milwaukee averages 120.6 points per contest, which is 1st in the league. Their average scoring margin is 13.5 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a unit, which has them ranked 2nd. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 11th in the NBA. They average 51.3 boards per contest and 26.0 assists per game, which ranks them 1st and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 19th with 14.6 per game. The Bucks allow 107.1 points per contest, which is 9th in the NBA. They also surrender a 41% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 1st and 21st in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.0 rebounds a game which ranks 20th, and they allow 24.3 assists per game which puts them in 18th place in the league. They force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Philadelphia is 17th in the NBA with 109.8 points per contest this season. They are 3rd in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 4.91. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 7th in the league. They are 10th in the NBA in rebounding with 46.1 boards per contest and 5th in assists per game with 26.6. The 76ers are 10th in turnovers per contest with 15.8. The 76ers give up 104.9 points per game, which ranks them 3rd in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 14th and 12th in those defensive statistics. They rank 2nd with 21.3 dimes allowed per game and 1st with 39.9 boards surrendered per contest. The 76ers are 13th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.8 per contest this year.
The Bucks are 3rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 114.5, and their defensive rating of 101.7 is ranked 1st. In terms of pace they are 1st in the league with 104.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 56% is 1st. As a team they are 1st in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 44% of their shots, ranking 3rd in the league. Milwaukee is 21st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 30th in the league.
Philadelphia is 6th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 18th in the league. The 76ers are 11th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.8, and their defensive rating of 104.9 is ranked 6th. In terms of pace they are 18th in the league with 99.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 7th. As a team they are 11th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 26th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Bucks/76ers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia -3
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