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San Antonio Spurs vs. Philadelphia 76ers odds, picks and best bets

Esten McLaren
Sportsbook Wire

The San Antonio Spurs (29-36) and Philadelphia 76ers (39-27) tip-off Monday at 8 p.m. ET at Visa Athletic Center in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. We analyze the Spurs-76ers NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets.

Spurs vs. 76ers: Key Injuries

Spurs

  • SG Marco Belinelli (foot) questionable
  • PF Trey Lyles (appendix) out
  • C LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) out

76ers

  • PF Mike Scott (knee) out
  • SF Glenn Robinson III (hip) doubtful
  • SG ZhaireSmith (knee) out

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Spurs vs. 76ers: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

NBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated Monday at 4:10 a.m. ET.

Prediction

76ers 124, Spurs 112

Moneyline (ML)

The 76ERS (-278) are heavy favorites in this inter-conference regular-season game in the bubble. They lost 127-121 to the Indiana Pacers in their opening game Saturday. The Spurs (+220) dropped the Sacramento Kings by a 129-120 count Friday and beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-106 Sunday.

Playing the second half of the back-to-back and already missing a top contributor at both ends of the court in Aldridge, the Spurs will be hard-pressed to contain the likes of Sixers C Joel Embiid and PG Ben Simmons.

I'm OK eating the chalk here while backing the better team from the 2019-20 regular season against an opponent on the second half of a back-to-back. Sure, there aren't the usual travel implications, but three games in four days after a break of more than four months will take a toll. Feel safe in backing Philadelphia.

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Line/Against the Spread (ATS)

The smarter play is to back the SIXERS -7 (-106) while they're laying the points. The Spurs have won their two games by 9 and 2 points as they fight for the final available playoff spot in the Western Conference. They've beat two of the four teams closest to them in the standings.

The Sixers already have a postseason ticket booked in the Eastern Conference. While they're in a safer spot through the remainder of these regular-season contests, they have just seven games remaining to climb as high as fourth in the conference.

That should be motivation enough against an inferior opponent after dropping a more pivotal game against the Pacers. Take Philly to win by at least 7-plus points.

Over/Under(O/U)

Both teams topped 240 combined points in their opening games of bubble play, but the Spurs and Grizzlies played to a total of just 214 Sunday afternoon.

Take the OVER 228.5 (-110) with the Sixers able to feast on a tired Spurs defense already missing a foundational piece in Aldridge.

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