Hot Wizards to Cover vs. Giddy 76ers; Expect Bucks to Roll Past Knicks

Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 5:17 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 5:17 PM UTC

The Wizards continue to win without John Wall, but is it wise to back them tonight against a 76ers team playing in front of a home crowd still celebrating the city's Super Bowl title?

Tuesday NBA: Wizards vs. 76ersFree NBA Pick: Wizards +6Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The Wizards are on a five-game winning streak without John Wall, and the NBA community is up in arms with conspiracy theories that the team might be better off without Wall. Washington has figured out a style of play, sans the injured Wall, that allows for the ball to move around the court, and it has drastically increased the Wizards' assist rate. In the last five games, the Wizards are assisting on 73 percent of their made field goals and making 51 percent of those shots, which would be the best mark in the NBA this season.

The 76ers players are still in the midst of the city of Philadelphia’s Super Bowl celebration. Joel Embiid and Justin Anderson went to the game in Minneapolis, and Embiid vowed to bring Philly a basketball championship as well.

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"WE UP NEXT!" Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid says the Sixers are up next and he's excited for the city of Philadelphia after the Eagles Super Bowl win! The Eagles were undefeated in games Embiid attended this year. #TrustTheProcess


— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) February 5, 2018

Washington, 6-point underdogs on tonight's NBA odds board, is 15-12 ATS in road games this season. Bradley Beal is stepping up as the leader of this team, and will be focused on leading the Wizards to a tough victory against the Sixers, who are 14-8 ATS at home this season. Even if Washington doesn't win outright, with your NBA picks you can expect them to cover.

Tuesday NBA: Bucks vs. KnicksFree NBA Pick: Bucks -2Best Line Offered: Heritage

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The Knicks have the wheels coming off of their season. After starting 17-17, they have gone 6-14 over their last 20 games and have completely lost traction in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They are coming off a loss to Atlanta, the NBA’s worst team, in which New York blew a five-point lead with two minutes to go.

The Bucks are figuring out a new style of play since firing Jason Kidd as coach, and a part of that has been moving former rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon to the bench, which increases the Bucks' scoring punch on their second unit. Schematically, the best thing the Eric Bledsoe addition does is add another capable ball-handler who Milwaukee can use to take pressure off Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had become a fixture of defensive schemes.

Allowing Antetokounmpo to play off the ball more will highlight his athleticism and ability to move well without the basketball, drawing in defenders and allowing more space on the floor for his teammates.

Milwaukee is primed to go in the opposite direction of the Knicks, as they have won six of their last seven games, including two in a row with Jabari Parker back in the lineup. Parker had missed every game while recovering from an ACL injury, but has looked good since returning and could be the extra piece that puts the Bucks over the top in the East.

As far as tonight goes, Milwaukee is a small road favorite on the NBA odds board and has way too many weapons to fall to the Knicks in pursuit of their playoff seeding. With your NBA picks, look for the Bucks to cruise comfortably to victory.

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