NBA Picks: 76ers vs. Bucks

PJ Laferla

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:53 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 2:53 PM GMT

The 76ers and Bucks will be battling to pick up a win, but find out below, which team is the right side for our NBA picks selection to beat the betting odds?

NBA Picks: 76ers vs. Bucks; Betting Analysis & Free Pick

The Philadelphia 76ers (22-28 SU, 8-13 ATS away) will be on the road this evening, as they challenge the Milwaukee Bucks (25-25 SU, 9-15-1 ATS home) in an interesting matchup that features two teams gunning for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Tip off in this one is scheduled for 8:00 PM EST from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and can be seen live on television, with local broadcast coverage provided by Comcast SportsNet and Fox Sports.

As it stands right now, the NBA odds have Milwaukee listed as -5 ½ point favorites over Philadelphia. While the over/under total is coming it at exactly 195 points.

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers come into this matchup on the outside looking in at the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, though tonight, they can inch closer with a win over the Bucks, who hold a three-game lead over Philadelphia for the 8th seed.

However, Philadelphia will be playing eight of their next twelve matchups on the road, starting tonight; and that is not good news for us bettors, as the 76ers are 0-5 against the spread in their last five games played during their travels.

Philly has also failed to cover the point spread in their last four games against teams from the Central Division and they are just 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the Bucks when the game is being played in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee has dropped four in a row and seven of ten, including home losses to the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons. The Bucks are now in jeopardy of falling below .500 tonight if they can’t find a way to beat the 76ers.

The Bucks recent struggles have also carried over to the betting side of things, as they are 0-7 against the spread in their last seven games overall, including 0-4 ATS in their last four games played at home.

The Offense

Philadelphia’s offense is next to last in the NBA, as they rank 29th in scoring, averaging just 92.3 points per game. Meanwhile, Milwaukee is good for 97.5 points per game, which ranks in the top half of the league at 13.

The Defense

The 76ers edge out the Bucks on defense, as their stingy play holds opponents to fewer than 96 points per game (95.4), which is good enough for 7th best in the NBA. Milwaukee’s defense comes in at 17th best in the league, surrendering nearly 99 points per contest (98.6).

The Total

The 76ers are under in 6 of their last 8 games played on the road and five straight versus Eastern Conference opponents. On the other hand, Milwaukee is over in seven of their last ten games played at home.

In head to head action, these teams are under in six of their last seven meetings that take place in Milwaukee.

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The Pick

Both teams have failed to live up to their expectations, but it seems as though Milwaukee is dipping at the wrong time, while Philadelphia is pushing forward for a playoff birth.

Take Philadelphia +5 1/2 points for one of your NBA picks today, as they will win this game outright.

NBA Picks: 76ers +5 1/2

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