Sixers to Improve Stellar ATS Record; Kings to Cover Huge Number

Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 5:27 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 5:27 PM UTC

Philadelphia is one of the more intriguing up-and-coming teams, while Sacramento is on a downward skid. Both are on the road tonight, and both have good betting value.

Tuesday NBA: 76ers vs. HeatFree NBA Pick: 76ers +1Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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The Sixers started the season as one of the hottest teams in the NBA and had the buzz surrounding them. Now they are struggling mightily and likely will be fighting for a playoff spot down the stretch. The biggest reason for the Sixers' struggles is their lack of playmaking around Joel Embiid. Philadelphia has surrounded Embiid with a lot of spot-up shooters, but they do not have a dynamic wing player who can create his own shot as the shot clock is dwindling down. Ben Simmons, the primary ball-handler, is a non-shooting threat, and in certain situations teams will sag off of him because they are not afraid of his jumper. That is what happened when Philadelphia lost to Washington on Sunday.

From Miami’s perspective, they are finally getting back on track. After ending last season on a 31-10 run, many analysts suggested the Heat (30-27-3 ATS) would be one of the more competitive teams in the Eastern Conference. They had to get over a bout of early season injuries, especially to star center Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside is anchoring the Heat defense with 1.64 blocks and 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 the 3-point line. The Heat are giving up 37.8 percent from behind the arc, ranking 25th. The Sixers will try to take advantage of that, as they shoot 36 percent from deep.

Philadelphia is 33-24-1 ATS this season, ranking fourth in the NBA, and tonight's game is basically a tossup on the NBA odds board. With your NBA picks, look for the Sixers to continue that trend with a big win against a potential playoff opponent.

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Heat play Sixers tomorrow. A Sixers win puts them up 3 full games on Miami and clinches head to head tiebreaker.

— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 27, 2018

Tuesday NBA: Kings vs. Trail BlazersFree NBA Pick: Kings +12Best Line Offered: Bovada

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Sacramento (26-31-3 ATS) lost 118-100 Monday night to a Jimmy Butler-less Minnesota squad to take their losing streak to four. The Kings are in the process of implementing a youth movement within their squad and are lead by the play of Bogdan Bogdanovic on the perimeter. Bogdanovic has established himself as the go-to playmaker because of his unique ability to handle the ball and shoot off the dribble. Bogey’s ability to create shots for himself stands out above the spot-up shooting of Buddy Hield and the blind recklessness of De’Aaron Fox.

Portland (29-26-5 ATS) is 12-5 in its last 17 games and is surging up the standings in the Western Conference. The catalyst is Damian Lillard, who is on a scoring tear. He has averaged 28 points over that 17-game stretch, including a 50-point performance in a 118-100 win over the Kings on February 9. Lillard is establishing himself as one of the elite scorers in the NBA, and is using his skills to lead his team to victories.

Sacramento is 15-13 ATS in away games, a trend that bodes well for a team getting 12 points on tonight's NBA odds board. With your NBA picks, look for the Kings to get some spirited play from their younger players in an effort to keep up with the Blazers and cover their spread.

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