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Philadelphia vs. Milwaukee, 01/22/2013 20:00
Point Spread: +6½/-103 Philadelphia
Tuesday's NBA Free Pick: Philadelphia 76ers +6.5
The Bucks are going to be a popular play today, as many will look to fade the 76ers on the road in the second game of a back-to-back set, but I personally think the line has been inflated too much because of that.
The Bucks are 5-2 since they fired Scott Skiles. While they appear to be playing better, I'm not sold on this team just yet. Four of those wins came against the Suns, Raptors, Suns, and Trailblazers. During that stretch they lost at home to Detroit 87-103 and at the Lakers 88-104.
The 76ers are a young team and the lack of rest shouldn't keep them from playing competitive basketball, especially in a game that means a lot to Philadelphia. The 76ers are currently 3.5-games back of the Celtics and 5-games back of Milwaukee for the final two playoff spots in the East.
Let's also not forget that the Bucks are coming off a long four-game road trip. Their first of more than two games all season. It can be difficult to get going in that first home game. In the earlier meeting between these two teams, Philadelphia had just won three straight on the road, only to return home and lose to Milwaukee 96-105. BET THE 76ERS!