Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks Predictions, Free NBA Pick 2/22/2020
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee -9.5
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks (47-8, 1st in the Central Division) host the Philadelphia 76ers (35-21, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) at Fiserv Forum on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Milwaukee opens this matchup as 9.5 point favorites. The total opens at 228.
The 76ers are covering the spread 44.2% of the time, having gone 23-29-4 ATS. Milwaukee is covering the spread 58.2% of the time, going 32-23-0 against the spread.
Key Philadelphia 76ers Injuries
02/20/20 SG Ben Simmons Back is questionable Saturday vs Milwaukee
Key Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
02/19/20 SG Kyle Korver Back is questionable Saturday vs Philadelphia
Tobias Harris comes into this game averaging 19.1 points per contest while playing 34.5 minutes per night this year. He grabs 6.8 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.1 assists per game. His FG percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is 80%. Ben Simmons averages 16.9 points per contest in 36.3 minutes per game. He averages 8.3 assists per game and 7.9 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 58% for the season while his free throw percentage is 63%.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 30.0 points per contest while playing 30.9 minutes per game. He hauls in 13.5 rebounds per contest and has 5.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 55% and his free throw percentage is at 61%. Khris Middleton averages 20.6 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 29.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 6.2 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 90%.
Useful Team Statistics
Philadelphia averages 108.7 points per contest, which is 22nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.5 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 9th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 46.0 boards per contest and 25.9 assists per game, which ranks them 8th and 8th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 16th with 14.7 per game. The 76ers allow 106.2 points per contest, which is 2nd in the NBA. They also surrender a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 11th and 14th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 42.0 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd, and they allow 22.2 assists per game which puts them in 3rd place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Milwaukee is 1st in the NBA with 119.7 points per contest this season. They are 2nd in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 12.25. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 15th in the league. They are 1st in the NBA in rebounding with 51.8 boards per contest and 7th in assists per game with 26.1. The Bucks are 18th in turnovers per contest with 14.6. The Bucks give up 107.5 points per game, which ranks them 8th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 41% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 1st and 19th in those defensive statistics. They rank 12th with 24.0 dimes allowed per game and 22nd with 46.0 boards surrendered per contest. The Bucks are 12th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.3 per contest this year.
The 76ers are 19th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.1, and their defensive rating of 106.5 is ranked 5th. In terms of pace they are 18th in the league with 99.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 18th. As a team they are 20th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 22nd in the league. Philadelphia is 12th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 22nd in the league.
Milwaukee is 20th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 30th in the NBA. The Bucks are 3rd in the league in defensive rating with 102, and their offensive rating of 113.7 is ranked 1st. They are 1st in the NBA in pace with 105.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 56% is 1st. As a unit they are 1st in the league in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shot attempts, ranking 4th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's 76ers/Bucks NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Milwaukee -9.5
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