Checking In With The 76ers And Whether +110 To Win The Atlantic Is A Good Value

Checking In With The 76ers And Whether +110 To Win The Atlantic Is A Good Value

76ers Atlantic Division Betting

Last week, the Philadelphia 76ers tipped off the week with a huge road test in Utah. The Jazz were 18-1 in their last 19 coming into the game Monday against the 76ers. Unfortunately for the Sixers, Joel Embiid’s back was acting up, so he didn’t take the floor Monday. As expected, Ben Simmons had a huge game (as he typically does with Embiid out).

Both teams were over 50% from the field, but the absence of Embiid meant there was one less three-point threat out there, which inevitably led to a lot of Ben Simmons in the paint. Offensively, it was fine, but the Sixers simply couldn’t keep pace, as the Jazz went 18 for 45 from three. The biggest issue for the Sixers was the leading Sixth Man of the Year candidate, Jordan Clackson, going for eight threes in the game.

It was a poor defensive game for the Sixers, but the big difference was the Sixers settling for twos, while the Jazz went for threes.

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February 17th vs Houston Rockets

On Wednesday, the Sixers hosted the Houston Rockets. The good news was, Embiid was back. The bad news was, Ben Simmons got the flu. The Rockets were without PJ Tucker and Victor Oladipo, so it wasn’t as difficult on paper as initially feared. The trio of Embiid, Harris, and Curry led the Sixers to a big 26-point halftime lead, which shrunk to a 17-point lead going into the fourth.

Fortunately for the Sixers, they dominated the glass en route to a five-point win. Part of the reason for the big collapse was the 23 turnovers the Sixers committed, but the +16 on the boards was a big reason the Sixers held on.

February 19th vs Chicago Bulls

Friday was a bigger test for the Sixers, as they hosted the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have been a frisky team all season and Friday was no different. With Simmons still recovering from the flu, the Sixers were going to have to lean on Joel Embiid and it turned out to be a good decision.

Embiid set a career-high with 50 points. He also pulled down 17 rebounds, as the Sixers held off the Bulls down the stretch to preserve the win. Much of the game was back and forth, with Embiid carrying a massive amount of the offensive responsibility on his shoulders in the first half.

As the second half opened up, Danny Green hit three consecutive threes and Tobias Harris got going late, and the Bulls just couldn’t shoot well enough to push ahead in the final minutes. The Sixers dominated the boards (+11) and the Bulls shot a meager 22% from deep. Those were the big differences in the game.

What’s next?

Next week, the Sixers travel to Toronto for two games and then return home for Dallas and Cleveland. Simmons should be back soon, so hopefully the Sixers can extend their lead in the East in the coming days with a healthy squad.

Sixers +110 to Win the Atlantic Division

According to odds from the PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers casinos, the 76ers are +110 to win the division. Are sports bettors getting value on this bet?

To first look at this bet, we have to take a look at the upcoming schedule and standings. Currently, the Sixers are 1.5 games ahead of the Nets in the division, but they’ll get the Raptors twice next week, the Mavericks, and then the Cavs.

The Nets will get the Clippers Sunday, then the Kings, Magic, Mavericks, Spurs, and Rockets. If you want to take the Sixers, go ahead and do it now. We should expect at least a split in Toronto and two wins to close the week, so do it now before the Nets travel to face the Clippers Sunday.

If you’re more worried about the Sixers resting guys sporadically and the overall health of the Sixers, I’d bet the Nets after they (likely) lose Sunday against the Clippers.

With both the Nets and Sixers having health concerns with their stars, it’s really going to be difficult to trust either team to not rest guys from time to time.

That being said, if you are a more conservative risk-taker, the Nets might be the safer option, given a loss of one star still leaves them with two in every game, while even a slight injury to Embiid or Simmons at the wrong time could lead to a multi-game slide.

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