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San Antonio Spurs vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/17/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia 76ers (20-11) at San Antonio Spurs (15-15)
Date & Time Monday December 17, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -1 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
NSPA, FSSW
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NBA | Philadelphia 76ers (20-11) at San Antonio Spurs (15-15)
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The Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs meet Monday in NBA action at the AT&T Center.

The Philadelphia 76ers could use a big victory here after splitting their last six games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 113.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 112 points on 44 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 27 points and 13.6 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 19.8 points and 2.9 assists. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Simmons is grabbing nine rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.4 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won five of their last seven road games.

The San Antonio Spurs look for a big home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 110.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 47.5 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.6 points and 6.1 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 18.8 points and 9.6 rebounds. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Bryn Forbes is dishing 2.2 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 83.1 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have won five of their last six home games.

The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games, 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 vs. Western Conference and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Spurs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Monday games, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The 76ers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Spurs last 4 overall. The under is 6-2 in 76ers last 8 overall.

I'm not sure what's gotten into the San Antonio Spurs, but they're playing their best ball of the season right now, which includes 51.1 percent shooting and outscoring teams by 16.8 points in their last five games. The Philadelphia 76ers aren't the same team on the road as they are at home, and they're actually being outscored by 3.4 points on the road this season overall while covering just four of their last 16 road games. While these teams don't play often, the Spurs have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the 76ers. In a near toss-up, I'm leaning towards the Spurs at home.

Pick:
San Antonio Spurs -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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