Sixers Gunning for Franchise Record in Atlanta

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:31 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018 1:31 PM UTC

The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking for their 15th consecutive win, which would break a franchise record, and maintain the No. 3 seed in the East. Let’s check out the NBA odds and see if they’re worth a wager.

76ers (50-30 SU, 47-33 ATS) vs Hawks (24-57 SU, 39-40-2 ATS)

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Free NBA Pick: 76ers –9 ½Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

· Atlanta is 5-13 ATS versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.

· Atlanta is 13-17 ATS in the second half of the season.

· Atlanta is 26-29 ATS revenging a loss vs opponent this season.

· Philadelphia is 13-4 ATS against Southeast division opponents.

· Philadelphia is 16-5 ATS versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season.

· Philadelphia is 21-11 ATS in the second half of the season.

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— x - Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) October 17, 2017
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Game Analysis

The 76ers were expected to be better this season but not this much better. Philadelphia is watching all their top picks from agonizing years gone by blossom into legitimate NBA stars. What makes their recent run of 14 consecutive wins even more impressive is that they have won their last six without the imposing presence of 7’0” center Joel Embiid. The 24-year-old former Jayhawk has been sidelined with a fracture to his orbital bone and could miss the first-round of the playoffs.

The Atlanta Hawks have been nothing more than a working day off for other teams in the league this season. It has been a spectacular fall from grace for a franchise that has qualified for the playoffs every year since the 2007-2008 season. However, this season the Hawks are just trying to escape the basement as they are currently tied with the Magic for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. This is Atlanta’s last game of the season and to be fair, the Hawks have refused to mail it in down the stretch. The Hawks were double-digit dogs to both Washington and Boston in their last two and prevailed in both. Over the course of their last five games, Atlanta has gone 3-2 straight up and has brought home the bacon in four of five of those contests for all who backed them in their NBA picks.

Despite the fact that the Hawks are 7-2 straight up and against the spread versus Philadelphia over the last three seasons, it may not surprise you that both of those Philadelphia wins and covers came this season. Yes, the 76ers are finally able to not only stand up to the bully but now have several inches and a few dozen pounds on their nemesis. The roles have shifted dramatically this year and let’s not forget that Philadelphia has plenty of motivation to win with Cleveland on their heels for the No. 3 seed in the conference, only half a game behind.

The Sixers have defeated the Hawks this season by scores of 119-109 as 7 ½ point home favorites and most recently notched another 10-point win with a 101-91 decision as 7 ½ point road chalk. The NBA odds board is reflecting the 76ers as 9 ½ point road favorites tonight which might sound a bit high considering the fact that the Hawks have just scored two upsets as double-digit underdogs over playoff contending teams.

Yet, I wrote a preview on the recent Atlanta/Boston game and advised my readers to grab the points that the oddsmakers were so generously giving Atlanta, as the Celtics were going to be resting some of their marquee players. Sure enough, Atlanta’s starters were more than enough to best Boston’s reserves. Tonight, will be different. Philadelphia will be bringing the heat and looking to smash that franchise record and more importantly, keeping the Cavaliers from overtaking them in the standings. Look for a repeat of the last two games between these clubs and lay the lumber on the road with the 76ers.

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