Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, 3/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-4.5)
Wells Fargo Center is the site where and the Philadelphia 76ers (27-12) will play the Milwaukee Bucks (25-14) on Wednesday. Milwaukee opens this contest as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 235.
The Milwaukee Bucks faced the Washington Wizards and went home with a win by a final score of 133-122 in their last game. Milwaukee ended the game having earned a 55.3% field goal percentage (52 out of 94) and buried 11 out of their 28 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Bucks buried 18 of 19 shots for a percentage of 94.7%. In terms of pulling down rebounds, they earned 46 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 29 assists for the matchup while forcing 14 turnovers and getting 6 steals. In terms of defense, Milwaukee let their opponent shoot 50.6% from the floor on 44 out of 87 shooting. Washington distributed 34 assists and had 5 steals for this contest. In addition, Washington pulled down 33 rebounds (2 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Washington finished the contest at 75.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 18 of their 24 attempts. They also buried 16 out of their 38 shots from three-point range.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a guy who was a major factor in the game. He totaled 31 points on 12 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 35:43 mins and collected 15 boards. Antetokounmpo ended up shooting 63.2% from the field and also totaled 10 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in this contest for the Bucks was Khris Middleton. He totaled 5 rebounds in his 34:12 min played on the night. He walked away from this one shooting 40.9% from the field in this contest by connecting on 9-of-22 (23 points). When the final whistle was blown, Middleton earned 3 assists.
Milwaukee heads into this one with a win-loss record of 25-14 this season. The Bucks are connecting on 39.0% on three-point attempts (569 of 1,460) and 74.9% from the charity stripe. They average 119.7 points per contest (2nd in the NBA) while hitting 48.7% from the floor. They are giving up possession 13.7 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 18.0 fouls per game. As a team, Milwaukee is pulling in 48.2 rebounds per game and has 1,018 assists on the season, which ranks 6th in the league in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Bucks are able to force 13.0 turnovers every game while drawing 18.6 fouls. They are giving up 37.5% on shots from distance while they are 20th in the NBA in points per game allowed (112.6). The Bucks defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 45.6% (506 of 726) and they relinquish 43.1 rebounds per contest as a squad. They rank 18th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 969 relinquished for the campaign.
For their last game, the Philadelphia 76ers took home the win by a final score of 134-99 when they faced the San Antonio Spurs. The 76ers corralled 41 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards totaling 54 in this matchup. They coughed it up 11 times, while getting 7 steals in this game. The Spurs committed 13 fouls in this game which got the 76ers to the free throw line for 11 shots. They were able to convert 7 of those for a percentage of 63.6%. With regard to shooting from distance, Philadelphia knocked down 15 out of 29 attempts (51.7%). Overall, the 76ers ended up shooting 56 for 98 from the field which had them at 57.1%. The 76ers allowed the Spurs to knock down 36 of 85 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 42.4% in this contest. They finished 19.0% from three-point range by connecting on 4 of 21 and finished the game at 23 out of 31 at the free throw line (74.2%). In the matter of team rebounding, Philadelphia permitted San Antonio to grab 32 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
Tobias Harris was important for the 76ers in the game. He knocked down 10 out of 18 in this game giving him a rate of 55.6%, and had 9 rebounds. Harris earned 23 points in his 28:30 mins on the court and had 7 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Philadelphia was Seth Curry. He ended up with 4 dimes in 26:15 minutes played, and he shot 9 of 16 from the floor. Curry walked away from this one going 56.3% from the field while collecting 21 points and 4 rebounds.
Philadelphia has a mark of 27-12 on the year. The 76ers commit 20.1 personal fouls per game and they hit 78.6% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 23.8 times per contest (22nd in basketball) and they are turning it over 15.4 times per contest. Philadelphia has tallied 4,516 points on the campaign (115.8 per game) and they average 46.1 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the 76ers are shooting 48.3% from the floor, which ranks 7th in basketball. The 76ers on the defensive side of the court are 9th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 110.4. They surrender 23.8 assists and 41.9 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 8th and 5th in the league. The Philadelphia defense concedes 36.6% on three-point shots (486 of 1,329) and their opponents are connecting on 77.8% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 15.1 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.1% from the field (5th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-4.5)
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