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Philadelphia 76ers are a solid bet at home against the San Antonio Spurs

The Philadelphia 76ers are in the fourth game of a 12-game stretch against teams currently in playoff position. After a blowout win over the Rockets, they are 30-17 with a 20-5 home record and seven wins over their last ten. They host the San Antonio Spurs, who are 27-21 on the season, but only 9-14 on the road.  The 76ers look to overtake the Pacers for third in the Eastern Conference. Although the betting odds have yet to be post, 76ers will be favorites at home.

The teams will feed off their strengths and opponents weaknesses. The 76ers are 4th in scoring and rebounding, while the Spurs are 17th and 22nd respectively in those categories. On the flip side, the Spurs are first in fewest turnovers, while the 76ers are prone to the turnover, ranked 28th.  The Spurs are in the middle of the pack in points allowed, while the 76ers are 20th.

MVP candidate Joel Embiid leads the 76ers are 27.1 points and 13.2 rebounds per game.  He leads the league in double-doubles and his 21 games of 30-plus points ranks second to only James Harden. Jimmy Butler is second on the team in scoring at 19.6 er game, but missed the last game with a wrist sprain. Veteran JJ Redick is hitting 38 percent from long range and averaging 18.3, while Ben Simmons (16.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 8.1 assists) is always a triple-double threat. Rookie Landry Shamet has been coming on and is a long range threat off the bench, knocking down 40 percent from beyond the arc. Recently signed to a 10-day contract, veteran Corey Brewer was a spark (11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals) versus Houston.

The duo of DeMar DeRozan and LarMarcus Aldridge lead the Spurs attack.  Both averaging over 20 points, they combine to drop 42 points and haul in 15 rebounds per contest. An area the Spurs can take advantage is from long range, leading the league in 3pt field goals at 40.4 percent. Rudy Gay and Bryn Forbes hit 42 percent from beyond the arc, while Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli are near 40 percent.

76ers vs Spurs Betting Prediction

The Spurs won by 27 at home in the first meeting between the teams but the 76ers are one of the best teams in the NBA at home. They are also playing quite well on this tough stretch, but note the status of Embiid and Butler who are both battling nagging injuries.  If one or both of them are in the lineup, the bet should go for the 76ers to win and cover. However, without the big two in the lineup, the Spurs will leave Philadelphia with a win.

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