Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks Preview 2/17/2022

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Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks Preview 2/17/2022

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Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks Preview 2/17/2022

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The Philadelphia 76ers will play their final game before the All-Star break against the Milwaukee Bucks at 8:30 p.m. EST Thursday. The 76ers are waiting to play at full strength and they will have to play another game with a lessened roster. They are coming off of a 135-87 loss to the Boston Celtics Tuesday night. The 76ers will have to regroup to avoid a two-game losing streak before the All-Star Game.

For the Milwaukee Bucks, they are two spots ahead of the 76ers in the Eastern Conference standings at third place. The Bucks are 36-23 on the season. In their last game, they outlasted the Indiana Pacers, 128-119, Tuesday. The Bucks played in back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers and Pacers.

How The Philadelphia 76ers Can Win: 

The 76ers struggled against the Celtics in their blowout loss on Tuesday. In order to bounce back against the Bucks, they will need the scoring to increase drastically. Joel Embiid led the way with 19 points, while the second-leading scorer for Philadelphia was Tyrese Maxey, who dropped 11 points in the loss. Since the Sixers will be without their new acquisition James Harden for this game, they will rely on Tobias Harris to flank Embiid. The Sixers are currently one-game behind the Bucks for the No. 3 spot in the East, and a win could tie the Bucks.

How The Milwaukee Bucks Can Win: 

If the Bucks can replicate their performance from Tuesday, they will be in a good position to head into the All-Star break with a win. Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded the second-most 50-point games in franchise history with his third career 50-point performance on Tuesday. In the win over the Pacers, Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists. Khris Middleton contributed 19 points and eight assists. If the 76ers have trouble stopping Antetokounmpo, then the Bucks will be poised to win.

The Spread Via FanDuel: 

Moneyline: PHI (+220)| MIL (-270)

Spread: PHI (+6)| MIL (-6)

 

Final Prediction: Bucks 125, 76ers 121

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