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The Philadelphia 76ers are battling for a top-three seed in the East right now, but they've been doing so without their star center, Joel Embiid. 

Coming off a tight home loss to the Warriors, the 76ers hope to get back on track tonight when they host a surprising Magic squad that's currently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. But while Philly is a ​3.5-point favorite, according to ​FanDuel Sportsbook, it will play its sixth straight game without Embiid. 

This season, the 76ers haven't been great straight up or against the spread without him. 

​​Embiid is averaging a career-high 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds this season and his production has been sorely missed. According to Covers, the 76ers are 3-5 straight up (SU) when he doesn't play and 2-6 against the spread (ATS). Lately they've been better, however, going 3-2 SU without Embiid since the All-Star break.

As mentioned, the 76ers are 3.5-point favorites against the Magic tonight on FanDuel Sportsbook. The Magic beat the 76ers, 111-106, in Orlando the last time they played this year and the 76ers beat the Magic, 116-115, at home in October.

While a championship-caliber team at home against a sub-.500 squad seems like an easy bet, the 76ers' history without their big man suggests otherwise. 

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