Mon, Dec 18, 5:34pm by Staff Writer
The 76ers are at it again as they battle the Kings. Ben Simmons and company will be looking to chalk up a win to keep the playoff dream alive. The Cavs will be looking to enjoy the holiday season, as they gone on the road to take on the Bucks.
Sacramento Kings at Philadelphia 76ers
Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10.00am at Wells Fargo Centre, Philadelphia
While all the talk for the 76ers has been around the rise of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, let’s not forget the veterans.
The acquisition of JJ. Redick, Jerryd Bayless and Amir Johnson has taken the pressure of Ben Simmons, and given some on court leadership to a talented group of youngsters.
After a tough loss to OKC in triple overtime, the 76ers will want to stay above .500 leading into the holidays. The goal for the 76ers this season is the playoffs, and it remains within reach.
For the 76ers Embiid remains a game-to-game proposition, with back issues a worry for the big-man. Embiid played 49 minutes for the first time in his career against OKC.
The Kings are coming off back-to-back road losses to the Timberwolves and Raptors. They are anchored to the bottom of the Western Conference at .310.
The odds haven’t been released yet. The 76ers look good value to cover the handicap or win by 10+ points. We’ll update the odds once they have been released.
The Kings have struggled for consistency all season. They had issues scoring against the Raptors, struggling from the free throw line. The Kings hit a season low eight free throws against the Raptors.
The 76ers may use this game as an opportunity to restrict the minutes of Joel Embiid. Ben Simmons has shown he is more than capable of leading the group in Embiid’s absence. Simmons will be a chance for another triple-double in this clash.
The 76ers showed heart in the tough loss to OKC, expect them to bounce back against the Kings who have struggled with ideas this season.
Best Bet: 76ers to win by 1-10 points at Sportsbet
Cleveland Cavs at Milwaukee Bucks
Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 11.00am at BMO Harris Bradley Centre, Milwaukee.
There was a point in the season when we were talking about the Cavs being in decline. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics on a 13-game streak. The Cavs for all of the off-court rumblings have come together in devastating fashion.
LeBron James has been at his brilliant best. The Cavs are on a five-game winning streak on the back of a triple-double blitz by LeBron.
The King had 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds against the Wizards. His third triple-double in a row ties his longest streak, since his MVP season in 2009.
Forget the Cavs are without Isaiah Thomas. LeBron is simply intent on sending out a message to league. The match-up to watch in this clash is his battle with Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Bucks have had some tough road losses, but still are hanging onto seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.
Giannis helped himself to 28-points in the loss to the Rockets. It’s interesting to note that the Greek freak has averaged 37 PPG in the last two games against the Cavs.
The Bucks are not a one-man band, Khris Middleton had 23 points in the loss against the Rockets and Malcolm Brogdon had 20 points from the bench.
Expect LeBron to keep the momentum going for the Cavs with another triple-double. He’ll enjoy the challenge of going up against Giannis.
The Cavs have had the wood on the Bucks over the last two games. Take the Cavs to win by 1-10 points.
Best bet: Cavs to win by 1-10 points at Sportsbet
*Sportsbet odds will be posted when they become available
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