Possibly the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference - and arguably the whole NBA – square off on Saturday night. And while it’s no surprise that both the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers are toiling this season with a combined total of 13 wins, there are very different factors involved.
The Sixers, after their shock 5-2 start, have gone 3-17 since and lost seven straight in the absence of impressive rookie Michael Carter-Williams. It seems no coincidence however, that his return on Friday brought a surprise overtime win against the Brooklyn Nets. Despite an evident lack of talent, Philadelphia are still generating enough offense (102.3) to pick up occasional wins over fellow strugglers.
By contrast, the Bucks should probably be much better than their league-worst 5-21 start. Larry Sanders’ self-inflicted injury has cost them dearly and with a casualty list that has regularly included the likes of Caron Butler, Gary Neal, Carlos Delfino, Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova, they’ve been very unfortunate.
Milwaukee has lost five straight, including an overtime reverse to Cleveland on Friday and their problem has been generating enough scoring to be competitive, putting up a NBA-low 91.0 per night. They have, however, gone above that mark in their last three and with Philly’s black hole of a defence, we may see these two push above the total points line of 200.5. But with some fight, and a little more health, the 76ers look good value at 2.10 for another priceless win.
Boston – Washington
Two members of the Atlantic (aka Calamity) Division square off at the TD Garden with the Boston Celtics looking for a seventh consecutive win in their private duel with the Washington Wizards.
The C’s are 7-7 at home and are starting to generate more offense than their current pace of 95.4 per game. They also have a system which will limit Washington’s perimeter shooting so have a punt on Boston on the handicap of -2.5 at 2.12.
Go above the total points line of 200.5 in Milwaukee-Philadelphia, available at 1.73
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