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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 117-89.
Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 117-89. |Morry Gash | Associated Press
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NBA Xmas: Greg Frank picks Bucks vs 76ers with all eyes on Antetokounmpo and Embiid

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

1-0 Monday, 52-52-1 overall.

Bucks (-3) @ 76ers (219.5)

Pick: Under 219.5

I’m not sure the Sixers are going to win this game, but I am fairly confident they keep it played on their pace. We know the Sixers are a team that lacks outside shooting but has tons of length and athleticism which often lends itself to strong defensive performances. Philadelphia is in the top 10 in several defensive categories and at home, in a matchup presumed by many to be the Eastern Conference Finals, the Sixers should certainly figure to defend well and slow the game down. The Bucks are a versatile team that can win in a lot of different ways, as evidenced by their 15-15-1 over/under record. After a slow start against the number, Milwaukee has covered in 10 of its last 12 games. It’s a train we don’t want to step in front of right now and despite a lean to the Sixers plus the points, we’ll play this game under as well figuring Philly’s best chance is to do what it does best, and that’s defend at a very high level.

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