Sixers Look To Continue Their ATS Trends While The Thunder Hope to Break Theirs

Troy Haliburton

Friday, February 2, 2018 4:30 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 4:30 PM UTC

Friday presents an NBA schedule full of entertaining matchups, as there are nine games being played around the association tonight. Read on as we find the betting value and dish out a few winners that will put cash in your pocket if you act on it.

Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers

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Free Pick Sixers -3.5Best Line Offered: at Bovada

The Sixers started out the season as one of the hottest teams in the NBA and certainly had the buzz surrounding them. Now the Sixers are struggling mightily and will appear to be fighting to have a playoff spot down the stretch. The biggest reasons for the Sixers struggles has to be the absence of star center Joel Embiid who has missed the last three games with a sore back. The Sixers are 1-6 without Joel Embiid this season and desperately need the big man to be in the lineup if they want to compete with the better teams in the conference.

From Miami’s perspective, they are finally getting back on track to the team that finished last season 31-10 and had many analysts suggesting that they would be one of the more competitive teams in the Eastern Conference. The Heat had to get over a bout of early season injuries, especially to star center Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside is anchoring the Heat defense with his 1.64 blocks per game and his 12.6 rebounds per game. While Whiteside is doing his job at protecting the paint, the rest of the team has to improve at keeping teams off of the 3-point line. The Heat are giving up 37.8% from behind the arc to opposing teams, ranking 25th in the NBA. The Sixers will try to take advantage of that, as they shoot 36% from deep.

Philadelphia is 27-20-1 ATS this season ranking fourth in the NBA. Look for the Sixers to continue that trend in a big win against a potential Eastern Conference playoff foe.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder

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Free NBA Pick: Pelicans +5.5Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

New Orleans is still in shock as a franchise after the loss of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins. The Pelicans do not plan on laying down for the rest of the season though as they are set on allocating a lot of resources to a mid-season re-tool. New Orleans traded for standout stretch forward Nikola Mirotic from the Chicago Bulls and are in heavy discussions to sign Greg Monroe who was bought out of his contract with the Phoenix Suns.

Mirotic will help supplement the three-point shooting that New Orleans will miss from Boogie Cousins’ absence, and hopefully Monroe will help replace some of the rebounding and toughness down low.

Oklahoma City had been one of the hottest teams in the NBA last week when they were in the midst of an eight-game winning streak. Now the Thunder have lost two games in a row and are scrambling to get back on track so that they can keep their position as a top four team in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City tends to struggle covering spreads this season, as they have one of the worst ATS records in the NBA with a mark of 22-30. New Orleans will rally around Anthony Davis and keep Oklahoma City struggling.

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