76ers Eye Fifth Straight Win Tonight in Orlando
After dismantling the Houston Rockets Monday on the back of Joel Embiid’s third career triple-double, the 76ers are back in business Wednesday in south Florida eyeing their longest wining streak of the season.
The 76ers continue to take advantage of a weaker portion of their schedule despite losing both Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle to health and safety protocols. Embiid still looks unstoppable, averaging a 30-point double-double over his last 13 games. All while doing things a seven-footer shouldn’t be able to on a basketball court. Meanwhile, the Sixers other “star” Tobias Harris has begun to show his frustrations with the Philly fans criticism of his poor play.
The 76ers have utilized the new hardship deals to battle their own COVID issues. In direct response to the loss of their two young guards earlier this week the Sixers signed former Delaware Blue Coat Charlie Brown Jr. Now, with Paul Reed, Shake Milton, and Jaden Springer all set to miss Wednesday’s matchup against Orlando, the Sixers have signed another player from their G-League affiliate. Former Virginia Cavalier Braxton Key was signed in relief on a hardship deal earlier today, and with the crop of 76ers out for this contest, he will likely make his NBA debut tonight.
The Magic are also dealing with their fair share of missing players. Lottery Pick Jalen Suggs has yet to play since fracturing his thumb in late November. Former Sixer Markelle Fultz is in health and safety protocols, and their other starting guard Cole Anthony will be a game-time decision with an ankle injury he’s been battling for weeks.
In the frontcourt, Robin Lopez has been in health and safety protocols since 2021 and Wendell Carter Jr is questionable for tonight with a non-COVID related illness. Safe to say, Orlando is pretty short-staffed, especially when it comes to bigs who can matchup with Embiid.
With all of the illness and injury stuff out of the way, we’re talking about an Orlando Magic team that is currently 7-31 on the season, good for dead last in the NBA. They are in the midst of a six-game skid of their own, and will likely make it seven running into the buzz saw known as Embiid.
Let’s see how the lines stack up for tonight’s clash between Philly and South Florida.
76ers-Magic Odds from Parx Sportsbook
Here are tonight’s odds brought to you by Parx Sportsbook, the official gambling partner of The Liberty Line.
|Philadelphia 76ers||-420||-9(-110)||O 213 (-113)|
|Orlando Magic||+330||+9(-110)||U 213 (-108)|
While the 76ers made it a habit of playing down to competition for a majority of this season, maybe 2022 is a new leaf. After a shaky first half, Embiid and the Sixers went on to completely blow out the Rockets in the second half en route to a 20-point win. With Embiid playing at the level he is and consistently looking healthy while doing it, the 76ers should blow a very broken Magic team out.
Just for a bit of extra spice, as the resident Seth Curry stan here at the Liberty Line I wanted to say hammer the Seth Curry over three’s line. He loves to absolutely dominate road games against weaker opponents, and I will be cashing in heavy off that, and you should too. Don’t forget to use the Parx Sportsbook while Curry gets us all some extra cash.
Mandatory Credit: Matt Slocum.