The Philadelphia 76ers scored a surprising victory on Tuesday night. They defeated the Brooklyn Nets despite being very shorthanded for the game. Now Philly has the challenge of duplicating their efforts as they head into Charlotte to take on the Hornets. Philly is the underdog (+5.0 with bet365) as they are without Tyrese Maxey, James Harden, and the 76ers are expected to be without Joel Embiid (as of early Wednesday).
The Pick: Charlotte’s winning margin 6-10 points at +425 (bet365)
A big part of understanding this game is understanding that Philadelphia played on Tuesday night. They got a win and, in fact, they beat a team that is much better than the Charlotte Hornets (ie. the Brooklyn Nets). However, the 76ers had to play two of their starters in the danger zone for minutes (+35).
PJ Tucker, who is 37 years old, logged 37 minutes in the game. Meanwhile, Shake Milton had 36 minutes in the game. These are two guys that might need reduced minutes on Wednesday.
Furthermore, Paul Reed, Tobias Harris, and De’Anthony Melton were upward of 30 minutes in the game. You would expect some fatigue issues with Philadelphia and that they might rely on players on the deep bench a little too much for the game against Charlotte. Joel Embiid is expected to miss the game on Wednesday as of early morning, but bettors should double-check that the MVP candidate is not upgraded throughout the day.
Two-bet the Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets are without LaMelo Ball following his second ankle injury this season. However, Charlotte played both Cleveland and Washington tough recently despite losing. The Hornets are tough to back at short odds and -200 (1/2) on the moneyline is a tough sell (bet365). Instead, take two bets on Charlotte, one for them to win between 1-5 points and another for them to win between 6-10 bets. That covers a good range and both bets are long enough that a winning bet on one would pay for the other plus profit.
76ers vs Hornets betting recommendation
- Charlotte’s winning margin of 1-5 at 4/1 (+400) with bet365
- AND Charlotte’s winning margin of 6-10 at 17/4 (+425) with bet365