Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks Preview
The 76ers come into the game having lost three straight as well as four of their last six. Philly was embarrassed Sunday night as they lost to the Miami Heat 137-106. The loss dropped the Sixers to 31-20 overall and to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee is coming off of a 120-108 victory over New Orleans on Monday. The win improved the Bucks to 43-7 which the best record in the NBA. The Bucks have won two straight and 18 of their last 21.
The 76ers won the first meeting between the teams, 121-109, back on Christmas day.
Time: 8 PM ET
Arena: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
76ers: Josh Richardson (O)
Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup
The Sixers are struggling lately as they have lost three straight games and all three losses have been by at least 10 points.
All three losses have come on the road. Philadelphia is 9-18 this season in road games.
In the loss to Miami Sunday night the Sixers saw a four-point halftime deficit become a 31 point loss. The Heat was able to rest their starters for the fourth quarter after outscoring the Sixers by 16 in the third.
After the loss, Ben Simmons called out his team by saying “We were soft.”
Joel Embiid did have a good game vs the Heat as he finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Simmons had 16 points, seven assists, and eight rebounds.
On the season Philadelphia has the No. 20 offense and No. 6 defense but when they play on the road those rankings drop to No. 24 (offense) and No. 14 (defense). The Sixer’s net rating drops from 10.0 at home to -4.8 on the road.
Milwaukee Bucks Starting Lineup
To this point in the season, no team has come close to looking as dominant as the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are an NBA best 43-7 overall and own the league’s best net rating at 11.8.
The Bucks are coming off of a 120-108 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. In the win, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 34 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists.
It was his 41st double-double of the season. Milwaukee had all five starters score in double-figures.
The Bucks defense did an outstanding job at limiting Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson to 5-19 shooting.
Milwaukee has the NBA’s No. 2 offense and No. 1 defense. Milwaukee has scored at least 100 points in every game this season.
Key Player Matchups
Al Horford vs. Giannis Antetokuonmpo
When the Bucks and Sixers played on Christmas day, Antetokounmpo was dealing with a back injury and you could see it was bothering him in the loss. He was 8-27 from the field but did finish with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists. That was his worst shooting performance of the season as well as the third-fewest points he scored in a game this season.
Al Horford is one of the few players who can give Antetokounmpo a problem and he will be asked again to stop the reigning MVP. Horford had 11 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in the first meeting.
Joel Embiid vs. Brook Lopez
Embiid had a big-time performance in the win on Christmas as he finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 11-21 from the field. Embiid will need another big game as the Sixers need a win to stop their losing streak.
Lopez will be tasked with trying to stop Embiid. He had 11 points and five rebounds against Philly on Christmas day.
As for which players to target for daily fantasy you should start with Giannis Antetokounmpo who is as close to a guarantee as you can get. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid is also a great option as well as Ben Simmons. All three players are triple-double threats.
If looking for a cheaper option then consider Khris Middleton or Al Horford.
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