At 8:00 ET, the 6th-ranked Philadelphia 76ers (+302) will travel to take on the 3rd-ranked Milwaukee Bucks (-387). The over/under line is set at 220.5, and you can watch this Eastern Conference matchup on NBCS.

Despite being the underdog, Philadelphia is just 6 games back of Milwaukee in the standings. The Bucks are favored by 8.5 points, and the game will be played at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS VS MILWAUKEE BUCKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Philadelphia 76ers +8.5

This game will be played at Fiserv Forum at 8:00 ET on Thursday, March 14th.

WHY BET THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 114-106 in favor of the Bucks.
  • Our projections have Giannis Antetokounmpo finishing with Giannis Antetokounmpo points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Bucks finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.4% and knocking down 15 threes.

Will the 76ers Exceed Expectations on the Road?

Today, the 76ers are 8.5-point underdogs against the Bucks. This season, they have been the underdog in 23 of their 65 games and have gone 7-16 straight-up and 10-12 ATS in those games. As the underdog, they have an average scoring differential of -6.4 points per game.

Philadelphia’s O/U record for the season is 34-31, and the under has hit in their last three games. This year, their games have averaged a combined 228.2 points, and today’s O/U line is set at 220.5.

In their most recent game, the 76ers lost to the Knicks by a score of 106-79. The O/U line for that game was 209, and Philadelphia was getting 6 points. This loss dropped their overall record to 36-29, which is currently 6th in the Eastern Conference.

On the ATS, the 76ers are 35-29 for the season and have failed to cover the spread in five straight games as the favorite. On the road, they are 18-13 ATS compared to 17-16 ATS at home.

On the season, the 76ers are 14th in the NBA in scoring at 115.3 points per game. However, they have been better at home (116.4 PPG) compared to on the road (114.1 PPG).

When it comes to pace, Philadelphia is 20th in the league at 97.6 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 21st at 46%.

One area where the 76ers excel is getting to the free-throw line. They lead the NBA in free throws made per game at 20.6. In terms of three-point shooting, Philadelphia is 26th in the league at 35%.

On defense, the 76ers come into the game ranked 12th in the league in points allowed at 112.8 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 94 points per contest (1st). Inside the arc, the 76ers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.0% and 35.0% from three-point territory.

Do the Bucks Stand a Chance at Home?

Milwaukee is favored by 8.5 points in today’s game vs. Philadelphia. Overall, they are 40-16 as the favorite this season and have gone 25-31 vs. the spread as the favorite (3-7 as the underdog).

In their last game, the Bucks were 2-point underdogs against the Kings but lost by a score of 129-94. The O/U line for that game was 236 points.

This season, Milwaukee has an O/U record of 32-34 and their games have averaged a combined 237.8 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 220.5.

Against the spread, the Bucks are 28-38 this season and have covered in their last two home games. At home, they have an average scoring differential of +6.8 points per game.

In the Eastern Conference, the Bucks are currently in 3rd place with a record of 42-24. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 29-13 and 10-7 in their division.

At 120.5 points per game, the Bucks have the 4th highest scoring offense in the NBA. They have been especially effective at home, where they are averaging 123 points per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Bucks have been one of the league’s best teams. They are 5th in three-pointers made per game (14.2) and 6th in three-point attempts (38.1).

Overall, the Bucks are 7th in field goal percentage (48%) and 5th in true shooting percentage. In terms of pace, they are 5th in the league.

The Bucks’ defense is presently ranked 20th in the league, allowing an average of 117.3 points per contest. On two point field goal attempts, the Bucks’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 54.0% and allowing 35.6% from beyond the arc.