Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers 11/9/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers Matchup Preview (11/9/21)
The struggling Milwaukee Bucks (4-6) will head to Philadelphia to take on the Sixers (8-2), who have the best record in the Eastern Conference. This is the first time this season that these two teams have played each other, so it will be interesting to see how they stack up. Of course, both teams will still be without several key players, including Khris Middleton (COVID protocols) and Brook Lopez (back) for the Bucks, and Joel Embiid (COVID protocols), Isaiah Joe (COVID), Matisse Thybulle (COVID protocols), and possibly, Danny Green (Hamstring), for the Sixers. Keep expectations tempered for this game if you are an NBA enthusiast excited about the matchup. It was announced today that Joel Embiid would be missing several games as he enters the NBA’s healthy and safety protocols. Philadelphia has been terrific this season; however, it still has dealt with many injuries and players missing games due to COVID.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Odds
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Based on how the Bucks have played without Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, it is hard to see them being road favorites against the Sixers, who have the best record in the Eastern Conference. Still, Philadelphia will be without Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle at the minimum, with the possibility of not having Danny Green, so perhaps the Bucks’ struggles won’t matter as much to Vegas. Philadelphia has fared well when missing key players this season as it has a ton of great shooters who play well within the Sixers’ offense. Still, I’m struggling to conjure a rational reason why I would take Philadelphia in this one. Take the Bucks with the points and expect Giannis Antetokounmpo to have a monstrous game without Embiid protecting the paint.
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Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
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Milwaukee Bucks Starting Lineup
Milwaukee Bucks Analysis
Milwaukee has had a strange start to its season. It won a huge rematch game against the Brooklyn Nets at home, controlling the game the entire way. The Bucks then got absolutely trounced by the Miami Heat by 42 points on the road. Since then, Milwaukee has faced several injuries to key players, such as Brook Lopez and Jrue Holiday, while Khris Middleton got COVID. Luckily for Milwaukee, Jrue Holiday is back, and that will provide the Bucks with a reliable secondary scorer to take some pressure from Giannis Antetokounmpo. This season, Giannis has been consistent, averaging 27.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, and six assists per game, which mirrors last season almost perfectly. Milwaukee has ranked middle of the road in most important statistical categories, including points per game (18th), offensive efficiency (21st), eFG% (19th), 3P% (19th), opponent points per game (19th), and defensive efficiency (16th). Expect a gradual improvement as the Bucks begin to return their key players, and this game is likely to be a part of that progression. Milwaukee should win on the road as the Sixers can’t possibly contain Giannis without Embiid.
Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup
Philadelphia 76ers Analysis
The Sixers may have the best record in the Eastern Conference, but they are a mess in players sustaining injuries or getting COVID. For this matchup, Philadelphia will be without Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle, while Danny Green is questionable. That leaves Tyrese Maxey, Seth Curry, Furkan Korkmaz, Georges Niang, and Andre Drummond as the Sixers’ starters. Despite struggling to keep players on the floor, Philadelphia has had great success offensively this season, ranking first in offensive efficiency, eFG% (effective field goal percentage), and 3P% (three-point percentage). Defensively, there is still some work that the Sixers need to do, and part of that has to do with rebounding, where they rank dead-last in the NBA in total rebounds per game. Still, the Sixers have seven players averaging double-digits in points and are incredibly well spread out. This is a tough team, but it is hard to imagine them winning this game with a completely different lineup.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers Daily Fantasy Picks
Furkan Korkmaz has played quite well for the Sixers as a role player over the past few years. His first two seasons in the NBA were underwhelming as he didn’t see the floor too much, but he has been a contributor in the past three, with his role growing every season. This season, Korkmaz averages 12.4 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game on 48.8% from the field and 42.6% from three. Korkmaz exploded for a 25 point night on Saturday against the Chicago Bulls, and in his two games prior, also had respectable outings of 11 and 15 points. He has been playing very well recently, and I recommend riding the wave, especially while his salary is so low in DFS.
Grayson Allen has taken a significant step forward with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 14.5 points and four rebounds through ten games. While some of Allen’s biggest games, including a 22 point game, have come when the Bucks have been without key players, such as Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday, or Khris Middleton, he still has averaged a similar amount of shots per game. This is good news for DFS players looking to squeeze Allen into their lineup because even when everyone is healthy, you still know that he will get shots and be a contributor on the offensive end.