NBA On TNT Player Props For Thursday: 76ers Vs. Bucks

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on February 17, 2022
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The path to the NBA Finals continues Thursday with one more national TV game on TNT. Eastern Conference contenders Bucks and 76ers battle in Milwaukee to send us to the All-Star break. Each week throughout the season, TheLines will look at matchups for the televised slates and try to figure if there are any TNT NBA player prop bets worth a look.

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Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks

The Sixers absorbed perhaps the beating of the season on Tuesday. They went down by as much as 51 to the Celtics in an eventual 135-87 loss where Boston hit 99.9% win probability early in the third.

Now, Philly must try to rebound on the road in Milwaukee. This game will be the final one without James Harden for the Sixers, if Harden’s proclamations are to be believed. They’ll be without traded supporting cast member Seth Curry as well. So, the heavy lifting falls to Joel Embiid once again.

Meanwhile, Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo played one of the most prolific and efficient games in NBA history while the Sixers were getting trounced. He somehow scored 50 points on 17-for-21 shooting, a feat you’ll not see again any time soon.

The Bucks are medium favorites of , which makes sense.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Props

Looking for potential value in the player props, the operative word “rebound” comes to mind again. The Sixers have struggled on the glass, ranking 24th in rebounding rate. The Celtics pasted them there, 51 to 40. They’re especially poor on offensive glass, ranking dead last.

Giannis has one of the best defensive rebounding rates in the league, in the 87th percentile for big men per Cleaning The Glass. He should mash the Sixers there, but beware the Bucks are playing down in pace here against one of the slowest teams. The offensively challenged lineups Philly is playing right now should generate plenty of misses, though.

One of the team’s better rebounders being out in Pat Connaughton could also boost Giannis on the boards.

For a team that employs Embiid, the Sixers are surprisingly not all that great defending the paint, either. Giannis’ points props have been rather high, though, so it seems unlikely any value will be available there.

If Giannis sees some Embiid defense — which seems likely since the Bucks like to space nominal center Bobby Portis out deep — then it might be better to look for his assist prop than points. His teammates will have the better matchups when the Bucks are on offense, and Giannis will find them.

Joel Embiid And Tyrese Maxey Props

Similarly, Embiid might turn into more of a passer than usual in this spot. The Bucks have a solid defense and they focus their resources on protecting the basket above all else. Without any suitable one-on-one defenders for Embiid, expect them to bring plenty of doubles and try to force Embiid to give up the ball.

Given the tear Embiid was on before the Boston game — he has surged to the top of NBA Most Valuable Player betting markets — we can expect a hefty number attached to his points prop. If it’s north of 30 – as a few recent numbers have been – probably steel yourself and fire the under.

While the Bucks defend the paint with ferocity, they are lax in terms of allowing opponent 3-point attempts. Only one other team allows more attempts.

A Sixers team lacking in high-volume bombers, until Harden’s return to the court, makes for a good target for that strategy.

So, who can take advantage of potential Embiid kickouts? The two most obvious candidates look like Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris. Both players are excellent marksmen, but they hoist at below-average rates.

Of the two, Maxey looks like the slightly better bet. Not only is he the better shooter this year — hitting a scorching 41% to Harris’ 36% — but he leads Harris in attempts 11 to 5 since Curry’s departure. Against a tough Milwaukee defense, you might find some low numbers/prices on Maxey’s 3-point and scoring props.

 

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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