Two Eastern Conference powerhouses meet in tonight's NBA matchup. The defending champion Milwaukee Bucks travel to the "next man up" Philadelphia 76ers tonight in an early-season battle for supremacy. In this prediction, let's dive into the Bucks vs. 76ers matchup and determine the best bet for this Tuesday Night NBA prediction.
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Milwaukee has struggled to both stay healthy and win games during this early part of the season. Philadelphia has faced similar shorthandedness as Milwaukee yet has found ways to win night in and night out.
Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown
Winning one championship when no one expects it is one thing. Defending a championship when you have a target on your back every night you step onto the court is a whole different scenario. The Bucks are depleted, yet that doesn't prevent opposing teams from proving their dominance versus the defending NBA Champions. Milwaukee enters tonight's game without Khris Middleton (20.0 PPG), Brook Lopez, and Donte DiVincenzo.
Milwaukee owns the 20th ranked offense this season when comparing offensive rating. They are 21st in effective field goal percentage (eFG%), 19th in offensive rebound percentage (ORB%), 25th in assists, and 16th in free throw rate (FTR). Those mediocre numbers include Middleton, who will be out for tonight's game due to health and safety protocols.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Even with all the Ben Simmons drama and the unavailability of Joel Embiid, Philadelphia keeps moving on up. They own the second-best record in the Association and continue to find ways to win. The 76ers are doing so against their own kind, going 5-2 against Eastern Conference opponents.
Offensively, Philadelphia is elite. They have the league's best offensive rating and rank second in eFG%. They have a top 10 free throw rate but could improve on the boards as they rank 25th at ORB% and 29th at defensive rebound percentage. The Sixers also rarely turn the ball over, as they rank 10th in turnover percentage.
Philadelphia is no slouch on the defensive side of the ball, either. They limit opposing offenses to the 7th lowest eFG% but rank in the middle regarding turnover and free throw rates.
The Sixers will also be entering this game shorthanded, with Tobias Harris (19.8 PPG, 9.0 RPG), Embiid (21.4 PPG, 9.4 RPG), and Simmons all out for this game. Another key player, guard Seth Curry, is a game-time decision and may be limited with a left-foot contusion.
Bucks vs. 76ers prediction and pick
The Sixers are playing on the back end of a back-to-back and are missing key players across the board. They hold opponents to the 7th lowest eFG% this year and should limit Milwaukee's scoring chances. Without Middleton and Lopez tonight, the Bucks' offensive and defensive flow may be interrupted.
Although Milwaukee hasn't shown the elite defense that helped them win a championship last season, the lack of Embiid, Harris, and potentially Curry could help the Bucks dominate the Sixers' offense.
I like the under 216 total points at the FanDuel Sportsbook in tonight's Tuesday Night NBA matchup.
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