76ers vs. Bucks NBA Odds and Preview – February 17th, 2022

The Sixers head out after a devastating home loss in the hands of the Celtics, 135-87. This puts plenty of pressure on the side after months of success, especially on the latest team acquisition James Harden. They face the defending champions on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the Bucks snapped a two-game losing streak with a home win over the Pacers. It was an incredible night for Giannis Antetokounmpo after the Greek forward closed his night with 50 points.

Get a full preview of the 76ers vs. Bucks game down below. Nitrobetting goes over the game’s important points, including event details, team and player stats, and the latest NBA betting odds. More than that, we share crucial betting trends and predictions that help you lock in on the best picks.

76ers vs. Bucks Game Information

  • When: Thursday, February 17, 2022, 8:30 PM ET
  • Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
  • TV: TNT
  • Radio: WPEN 97.5 (76ers) / Newsradio 620 WTMJ (Bucks)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

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Why Bet on the Philadelphia 76ers?

The Sixers have plenty of work to do after losing their last contest by almost 50 points. Although the team won three of its last six games, they need to bring their A-game up against a relentless Bucks squad.

Head coach Doc Rivers brings good value on both sides of the coin. His team averages 107.2 points (21st) per game on 46.2% shooting (12th). The Sixers aren’t the best from short range at 52.2% two-point percentage. However, the side does have decent three-point numbers. The team averages 35.5% from downtown (13th). Additionally, the Sixers capitalize on foul shots and hit 81.2% of their free-throw attempts (fourth).

Philadelphia thrives on the defensive end. They limit opponents to 105.7 points (seventh) per game. The team also has a good shooting defense and holds teams to 45.1% shooting (12th). This features a 34.0% opponent three-point shooting (ninth) and a 52.0% opponent two-point shooting (ninth) defense. As a team, the Sixers averaged 51.6% opponent effective field goal in 57 games played.

The core lineup of Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, and Tyrese Maxey will stay the same. However, without a definite date on Hardens’ return, Furkan Korkmaz holds the shooting guard position in the meantime.

Why Bet on the Milwaukee Bucks?

This is the third of a six-game home stretch for the Bucks. After losing to the Blazers on Tuesday, the defending champions quickly recovered against the visiting Pacers. This gives the team some traction before hosting the Sixers for the first time this season.

There’s no question about the Bucks being one of the best two-way teams in the league. They defend and attack well. Offensively, the side averages 113.1 points (sixth) per game on 46.1% shooting (14th). The squad is expected to dominate their opponents in the short and mid-range. Milwaukee hits 53.9% of their two-point attempts (ninth) while averaging 36.2% from downtown (fifth).

The Bucks are intimidating on the defensive end of the court as well. They average 109.6 opponent points (16th) per game. The hosts have an impressive shooting defense and limit teams to 44.7% shooting in 59 games played. More than that, the Bucks are the superior rebounding team of the two. They average 54.4 total rebounds (fourth) per game.

Grayson Allen is under observation after sustaining a hip injury. Deandre’ Bembry covers for Allen while the starting guard recovers. Meanwhile, the rest of the core players, including the trio of Antetokounmpo, Middleton, and Holiday, are ready to go.

76ers vs. Bucks Betting Trends

  • The 76ers are 8-2 in their last ten road games (7-3 ATS).
  • The Sixers are 3-7 in their last ten road games against the Bucks (3-7 ATS).
  • The totals went over in six of the Sixers’ last ten road games against the Bucks.
  • The Bucks are 3-2 in their last five games at Fiserv Forum (2-3 ATS).
  • The Bucks are 5-0 in their last five games against the Sixers (4-1 ATS).
  • The totals have gone under in three of the Bucks’ last five games against the Sixers.

76ers vs. Bucks Expert Betting Prediction

The Sixers have to regain confidence after getting trashed by the Celtics. However, the team needs to start firing on cylinders to keep up with the Bucks. The Bucks have a comfortable advantage over the visitors. Having a home-court advantage also plays in their favor. More consistent results in the past week make them the favorites in this one. However, we cannot rule out the Sixers in this one. We expect the visitors to make it tough for the defending champs. Covering the spread should be doable for the side while maintaining decent winning chances.

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