Mims' Saturday NBA Picks: Hawks vs Sixers, Clint Capela, Joel Embiid props, over/under, key injuries
The Sixers and the Atlanta Hawks meet at the Wells Fargo Center for the second time this season. The Hawks defeated Philly 104-95 on Thursday. The Sixers have a record of 5-7 and are 11th in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks are 8-4 and are 3rd in the East. Sixers are 2-4 at home while the Hawks are 3-2 on the road.
The numbers: Sixers are favored by 3 and the total is 223. The money line is Sixers -165 and the Hawks +140.
The last 5: The Hawks are 4-1 over their last five while the Sixers are 2-3
Key Injury: Sixers guard James Harden is out with a ankle sprain. Hawks shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic is out with a knee issue.
The last meeting: Trae Young led the Hawks with 26 points on 7-21 shooting. Clint Capela had 18 points and 20 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Sixers were led by Joel Embiid with 26 points on 9-18 shooting. Embiid also had 13 rebounds in 32 minutes.
Player Props: Clint Capela over 10.5 rebounds. The price is +100. After a game that he doubled the projected number, this price has value. Take Capela over. Embiid over 10.5 rebounds. The price is -135. Embiid’s minutes were limited on Thursday due to foul trouble. He should play more and go over the 10.5 easily.
The selection: Sixers have yet to play with a level of consistency. With Embiid out for several games and now Harden, the team does not play fluid offensively and gets limited bench production. The Sixers have won 4 of the last 6 regular season games against the Hawks. Tyrese Maxey has struggled in his last two games. The Hawks control the Sixers again and cover the number. Take the game under.
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