76ers vs. Bucks: The best player prop bets for Feb. 17
The Milwaukee Bucks returned to their winning ways on Tuesday with an emphatic 128-119 win over the Indiana Pacers. They’ll try to keep rolling tonight against a Philadelphia 76ers team coming off an embarrassing 48-point loss to the Boston Celtics.
The Bucks won the previous meeting in Philadelphia 118-109 thanks to a 31-point, 16-rebound performance from two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
76ers vs. Bucks is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT, and we have the three best player prop bets for you below.
Fri, February 18 2022, 1:30 AM
Giannis Antetokounmpo Over/Under 10.5 rebounds
We already mentioned that Giannis had 16 rebounds the last time these two played, and he's averaging 11.3 boards per game, which is the third best mark of his career.
The 76ers, meanwhile, are the worst rebounding team in the NBA at 42.3 rebounds per game and they allow 45.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 21st in the league. Giannis has surpassed 10.5 boards in 25 of his 48 games this season, and is coming off a 14-rebound performance against the Pacers.
3 Level Scorer Giannis is scary 😟— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) February 16, 2022
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The 76ers just allowed Jayson Tatum to grab 12 rebounds on Tuesday night. The Greek Freak is an even stronger rebounder at a similar position, so I love the Over here, and it's at better odds that the double-double for Giannis.
Pick: Over 10.5 rebounds (-114)
Joel Embiid Over/Under 31.5 points
Embiid is coming off a disappointing 19-point performance, but he was yanked early in the blowout against the Celtics, and that clearly played a factor. He was averaging 32.2 point per game in the month of February leading up to that game, and is averaging 29.3 points per game on the season.
The Bucks are right around the middle of the league in points allowed per game at 109.6 points. They have also struggled recently with rival centers. Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic scored 23 points against the Bucks, and Phoenix Suns pivot Deandre Ayton scored 27.
Size of a center.— NBA (@NBA) February 17, 2022
Skill of a guard.
Two-way dominance.@Giannis_An34 and @JoelEmbiid are the league's TOP TWO SCORERS this season... they face off tonight in Bucks/Sixers at 8:30 PM ET on TNT! pic.twitter.com/Q2Q6ZClGt0
Embiid is going to take advantage of this weakness as he is a much better scorer than Nurkic and Ayton. He is also going to want to go into the All-Star break with a strong performance to make up for the embarrassment on Tuesday night.
Pick: Over 31.5 points (-113)
Tyrese Maxey Over/Under 1.5 3-Pointers Made
In the previous matchup between these two teams in early November, Tyrese Maxey hit four of nine 3-pointers in a 31-point performance. Maxey has averaged 1.4 triples on 3.5 attempts this season.
This is a strange stat, but Maxey has his highest number of made 3-pointers on Thursday games, despite playing less games on this day than two other days of the week. He has 15 made 3s in eight Thursday games, and doesn't have more than 11 made threes on any other day of the week.
Tyrese Maxey is shooting 40% on pull-up 3s this season pic.twitter.com/ucnIGG8nyS— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) February 12, 2022
The Bucks have the worst 3-point defense in the NBA at 14.1 makes per game and 41.1 attempts per game. If the Sixers get 14 made 3s, there is no doubt that at least two of them will come from Maxey. I love this Over.
Pick: Over 1.5 3-Pointers Made (-114)