Two teams from opposing conferences but both playoff contenders so far are clashing, when the San Antonio Spurs (32-18), coming from two straight victories, are hosting the Philadelphia 76ers (23-21), who are looking to turn their latest victory into another streak and climb up the Eastern Conference table.
Date/Time: 01-26-2018, 20:30 EDT
Spread: San Antonio Spurs -3.5
Spurs have a 32-18 record (27-21-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently sit on the third place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Grizzlies with a 108-85 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LaMarcus Aldridge with 22.5 ppg, adding a team high 8.7 rebounds per game, while Kawhi Leonard is out indefinitely with an injury. Pau Gasol adds 10.7 ppg and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersSixers have a 23-21 record (25-18-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the East. They have won eight of their last ten matches and in their last game they won at home against the Bulls with a 115-101 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23.7 ppg, adding a team high 10.9 rebounds per game. Ben Simmons adds 16.4 ppg, 8.1 rebounds and a team high 7.4 assists per game, while the second-best scorer of the team, JJ Redick (17.3 ppg) is out with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Sixers won at home with a 122-106 score. Spurs are 20-3 at home so far this season, while Sixers are 11-11 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 108.3 ppg to Spurs’ 101, while Spurs have the best defense in the league, allowing 97.4 ppg to Sixers’ 107. Sixers have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.5% to Spurs’ 45.5%, while Spurs have a slightly better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.5% to Sixers’ 36.3%. Sixers lead the league in rebounding, grabbing 47.4 to Spurs’ 44.4 and are third-best in assists made, with 25.9 to Spurs’ 22.2. Spurs are only better in turnovers committed (13.9 to 18.2). Spurs are one of the best home teams in the league and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread which they are expected to beat against a young an inexperienced Sixers squad.
Philadelphia 76ers vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -3.5 (-111)