Sixers Sharp Home Chalk vs. Cavs in Showdown for East's No. 3 Seed

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Swinging Johnson

Friday, April 6, 2018 2:07 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 6, 2018 2:07 PM UTC

The Cavaliers are dribbling into the eye of the hurricane swirling in Philadelphia as the 76ers are the hottest team in the league on a 12-game winning streak. Let’s check out the Friday NBA odds in a game that features teams vying for the No. 3 seed in the East.

Cavaliers (49-30 SU, 30-48-1 ATS) at 76ers (48-30 SU, 47-31 ATS)Free NBA Pick: 76ers -3½Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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  • Philadelphia is 32-19 ATS as a favorite this season.
  • Philadelphia is 10-3 ATS in a home game where the total is greater than or equal to 220.
  • Philadelphia is 16-4 ATS versus poor defensive teams - allowing 106+ points/game - 2nd half of the season.
  • Cleveland is 13-21 ATS versus good offensive teams - scoring 106+ points/game.
  • Cleveland is 11-23 ATS in a road game where the total is greater than or equal to 220 over the last two seasons.
  • Cleveland is 14-20 ATS revenging a loss vs opponent.

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— x - Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) October 17, 2017
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Although the 76ers are tearing through the homestretch of the season, having won 12 straight and covering the NBA odds board in all but two of those contests, their opponent tonight is on a winning streak of its own. The Cavaliers head into this crucial conference matchup having won five straight and covering in four. On Thursday, Cleveland rallied from a 17-point deficit with just 7:35 remaining on the back of LeBron James' 13 fourth-quarter points (33 for the game) and copped a 119-115 victory over Washington but failed to cover as six-point home favorites.

All those high draft picks are beginning to manifest in Philadelphia as the 76ers are not only locked into the postseason but clicking on all cylinders as the playoffs loom. Philadelphia did it again Wednesday night when they stormed into Detroit and came away with a convincing 115-108 win as 1½ point road chalk and eliminated the Pistons from playoff contention. It was the fourth consecutive game without their star center Joel Embiid (orbital fracture), but this time it was JJ Redick carrying the load with 25 points while Amir Johnson and Ersan Ilyasova combined for 21 boards.

The Cavaliers have won and covered in two of their three contests with the Sixers this season, but the last meeting may be the most eye-opening as Philadelphia traveled to Cleveland and drew away to a 108-97 victory as 2½ point underdogs. Philadelphia understands it can beat the best and should be a far more confident team than any Philadelphia squad that has faced Cleveland over the last several years.

Cleveland starting point guard George Hill is questionable for tonight’s game, having missed his last three with an ankle injury, and backcourt mate Jose Calderon is also suspect to suit up with a lingering hamstring injury. While it is true that the Cavs have won five straight in games played in Philadelphia, it should also be noted that those backing the 76ers in their NBA picks have come away with the cash in four of those contests. Now Philadelphia finds itself in the role as the favorite against the defending Eastern Conference champs playing the second leg of back-to-back games. It’s time Philadelphia takes the next step and we say they will. Back the sizzling Sixers on Friday night.

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