The Sixers have been up and down to start the season, but after Saturday’s blowout win over the Hawks the vibes around the team feel good. Their next challenge is facing off against (hopefully but not likely) future Sixer Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. Joel Embiid has already been ruled out for rest so the lines in this game are shifting, but as of this writing you can still grab some really enticing plays before tip off.
All odds are provided by Draftkings Sportsbook
Over 219 points scored: -105
So far this year the Sixers have done a good job of locking up opposing guards or at the very least limiting their production. The Blazers have two guards that can go atomic at a moment’s notice. Even with Lillard struggling to start the year, C.J. McCollum has done a great job of picking up the slack. Lillard won’t struggle forever, and now that Embiid is out for the Sixers, the Trail Blazers have more of a reason to play an inside-out game that should free up some shooters on the outside. On the Sixers’ end, I would expect the team to shoot much more frequently from deep tonight because Embiid won’t be commanding the ball inside. Tobias Harris is going to be the top offensive option and we all know he can fill up the stat sheet quickly.
Tobias Harris Over 21.5 points: -110
With Joel Embiid not available tonight a lot of the offense is going to go through Harris. Through six games Harris has reached 22 points in half of those, and that is with Embiid playing his full complement of minutes. Harris will get his looks, it’s just a matter of hitting them tonight.
Tobias Harris Over 1.5 Three Pointers Made: +130
Going along with the same thinking in taking Harris’ over for points scored, he is going to have the ball in his hands a ton and will be tasked with leading the offense. Harris is prone to taking shots from deep early and then going away from that part of his game after the opening minutes, but if he is going to be the top offensive option he needs to be willing to take those shots throughout the game.
Robert Covington Over 13.5 points, rebounds and assists: -110
The prodigal son returns home once again. Big Shot Bob makes his return to the Wells Fargo Center as a member of the Trail Blazers and I’m sure the home crowd will give him a great reaction. On the court Covington is just a complementary piece to the true stars on the team, but just like his time in Philadelphia he finds a way to have his fingerprints all over the game. Covington will get his shots up from deep and is more than willing to work inside for rebounds. If he’s able to chip in a few assists this bet could be off and running.