Back at it: Shorthanded 76ers host the Milwaukee Bucks on second half of back-to-back
It’s going to be a tough rebound for the depleted 76ers tonight, hosting the Milwaukee Bucks on the second half of a back-to-back. Philadelphia fought hard against the Knicks last night but fell short, 103-96. Once again, the 76ers will be without Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Isaiah Joe, and of course, Ben Simmons against the reigning champs.
Milwaukee is coming off a loss to the Washington Wizards and has struggled to start the season, holding a record of 4-6. The Bucks have also been without their second star Khris Middleton due to COVID-19 as well.
No matter who the 76ers were going to play tonight, it was going to be a challenging game. Philadelphia is running an eight-man rotation and is forced to play four players who played around 40 minutes extensively once again.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is nearly impossible to guard, but the 76ers have done a tremendous job keeping him in check in recent years with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. With neither of the two playing, Paul Reed or Andre Drummond are the 76ers’ only options to contain arguably the best player in the league.
Starting for the Bucks will be former Sixers guard George Hill. Hill was let go this offseason after a subpar performance with the team and has struggled during his short tenure with Milwaukee. Through ten games, Hill has averaged nearly identical numbers from his half-season in Philadelphia.
76ers-Bucks odds via Parx Sportsbook
|Philadelphia 76ers||+6 (-110)||+185||O 218 (-112)|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-6 (-110)||-240||U 218 (-109)|
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I don’t expect the 76ers to come out with a win tonight, but they will give the Bucks a good fight like they always do. The Sixers just don’t have the firepower to combat Giannis and Jrue Holiday at the moment with all of their COVID issues. It will be a tough stretch ahead for Philadelphia while they wait for everyone to return to full health over the next two weeks.
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