Date/Time: 25-12-2019, 14:30 EDT / 19:30 GMT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -0.5 Total: +222.5
In the second of the Christmas Day games, the scorching-hot Milwaukee Bucks (27-4), who currently sit on top of the whole NBA, having lost only once in their last twenty-two games, are hosting the 4th in the East Philadelphia 76ers (22-10). Former MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will be facing another Eastern All-Star, Joel Embiid, in this high-stakes matchup.
The Bucks are 27-4 so far this season and have the best record currently in the league. They are 21-1 in their last 22 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Indiana at home, 117-89. The Sixers are 22-10 and are tied with Toronto on the fourth place of the Eastern Conference. They have won their last two games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Detroit on the road, 125-109.
Reigning MVP Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee in scoring with 31 ppg, which is the second-best in the league. He also leads the team in rebounding with 12.9 per game and adds 5.6 assists per game. Embiid leads Philly in scoring with 23 ppg. He also leads the team in rebounding with 12.6 per game.
Milwaukee led the 76ers 2-1 wins last year and won the only game in Philadelphia by 6 points. The 76ers have a 15-2 home record, while Milwaukee has a 12-2 road record. Milwaukee has the best offense in the league with 120.6 ppg to Philadelphia’s 109.8, while Philadelphia has the third-best defense, allowing 104.9 ppg to Milwaukee’s 107.1. Milwaukee also lead the league in rebounding (51.3 to 46.1) and they have the second-best field goal percentage (48.2% to 47.6%). Both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (36.3% to 36.1%), while Philadelphia dishes more assists (26.6 to 26) and Milwaukee commits fewer turnovers per game (14.6 to 15.8). There is a -0.5 spread in favor of the hosts today, but the guests are as hot as it gets right now so pick the Bucks for the win.
Bucks vs Sixers Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks +0.5 (-110)