Sixers Will Take Advantage Of Struggling Hornets, Rockets Will Go For The Season Sweep Of The Hawks.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:54 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019 12:54 PM UTC

The Sixers and Rockets both look to win and hold their seeding in their respective Conferences

<p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-62ad8bd6-7fff-9898-1557-b5cd4a3cd09b">Philadelphia (45-25 SU, 33-37 ATS) at Charlotte (31-38 SU, 30-37-2 ATS)</b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-62ad8bd6-7fff-9898-1557-b5cd4a3cd09b">Tuesday 7:00 P.M. ET</b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-62ad8bd6-7fff-9898-1557-b5cd4a3cd09b">Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">Sixers ATS</a></b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-62ad8bd6-7fff-9898-1557-b5cd4a3cd09b">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a></b></p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3568957, "sportsbooksIds":[19,999991,1096,999996,92], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">The Sixers have won four consecutive games, including Sunday's 130-125 victory at Milwaukee in which big man Joel Embiid scored 40 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished six assists as Philadelphia officially clinched a playoff berth. The 76ers (45-25) will spend their final dozen games trying to fend off Indiana and Boston to hold onto the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.</p><p>Charlotte is less secure about where it is, but at least it won't have to face Embiid, who will take Tuesday off because of load management while filling his tank to play Wednesday at home against the Boston Celtics.</p><p dir="ltr">The Hornets (31-38) <a href="" target="_blank">are losing ground</a> in their dog-paddle to the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, having lost three of their past four games and eight of 11. A 93-75 loss at Miami on Sunday marked a season-low in points. Instead of tying Miami for the No. 8 spot in the East, Charlotte fell two games back.</p><p>After playing Philadelphia, Charlotte's three-game homestand finishes against Minnesota and Boston before the Hornets head on the road to play Toronto before hosting San Antonio. Minnesota has a losing record, but those other four opponents were a combined 76 games over .500 after Sunday. And the Hornets also have to play at Golden State to end the month.</p><p dir="ltr">Charlotte collapsed in the fourth quarter against Miami, going 3-for-16 from the field, missing all eight 3-point attempts, and finishing with a season-low 31.3 percent shooting overall (26 of 83). Kemba Walker cobbled together just 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting, as the Heat forced the ball out of his hands late in the game. He'll need more help Tuesday night, while the Sixers will have to compensate for the absence of Embiid.</p><p dir="ltr">Philadelphia will be looking to complete a <a href="" target="_blank">four-game season sweep</a> of Charlotte, having won three close games, two in overtime, early in the season. The most recent matchup was November 17th. The Hornets have struggled mightily at defending home court this year as they have only amassed a 15-18 ATS record in Charlotte and will struggle to defend home court against a much more talented Philadelphia team.</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;“I felt like we had to make a statement. We had to get this win.”&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@JoelEmbiid&lt;/a&gt; talks about his team stepping up in a big way postgame. &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#HereTheyCome&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— * - Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;March 18, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Houston (44-26 SU, 32-36-2 ATS) at Atlanta (24-47 SU, 35-36 ATS)</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Tuesday 7:30 P.M. ET</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">Rockets ATS</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BOVADA" target="_blank">Bovada</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3568958, "sportsbooksIds":[999996,999991,1096,238,19], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">Atlanta is one of the few teams that has had limited success in "slowing" Houston's James Harden, who is averaging 35.9 points. He has averaged only 25 points in his last three contests with the Hawks and averages 23.4 points in 16 career games against Atlanta. But Houston, which visits Atlanta on Tuesday night, has won three straight games against the Hawks and seeks to <a href="" target="_blank">sweep the season series</a> for the second consecutive year.</p><p dir="ltr">The Rockets (42-27) are chasing Denver for second place in the Western Conference while trying to hold off Portland and Oklahoma City. Houston has won two in a row, including Sunday's 117-102 win over Minnesota. Houston has been one of the hottest teams in the league with wins in 11 of their last 12.</p><p dir="ltr">Harden comes into the game a little dinged up. He strained his neck after a fall on Friday in a victory over the Phoenix Suns. He still played 31 minutes and had 20 points and 10 assists against Minnesota.</p><p dir="ltr">Guard Chris Paul came up big for the Rockets on Sunday with 25 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and 10 assists. Paul seemed fresher after sitting out Friday's game as a scheduled rest day.</p><p dir="ltr">Paul is on pace to average 15 points, eight assists and four rebounds in fewer than 33 minutes in three of four seasons, a feat no other player has accomplished.</p><p dir="ltr">Atlanta will need to limit Houston's success on 3-pointers. The Rockets have made at least 20 treys in 13 consecutive games; they had 21 on Sunday. Houston is quick to fire away, having attempted 40 or more in an NBA-record 53 games. Atlanta is tied for 21st in the NBA in 3-point defense by allowing 36 percent.</p><p dir="ltr">The Hawks must avoid getting too far behind in the first half. It happened twice last weekend against Boston and Orlando and it led to the team dropping both ends of a back-to-back. They were able to tie the Boston game after trailing by 25 and got as close as five points against the Magic after trailing by 14.</p><p dir="ltr">Houston <a href="" target="_blank">opened up the line of this matchup being favored</a> by eight points and that seems like a number the Rockets should be able to cover as they have played well against Atlanta this season and they have much to prove by winning this game and getting closer to the Nuggets for the second seed out West.</p>
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