Atlanta Hawks v Philadelphia 76ers – Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia at 19:00 ET

All you have heard from the Philadelphia 76ers over the last twelve months is ‘Trust The Process’ and this is a team who feel they have the quality to make it back to the Play-Offs in the Eastern Conference. Joel Embiid gave the home fans someone to really back, but he is well supported by other talented youngsters as both Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz have come in and had an impact.

Fultz is absent for this one as he has been given a chance to rest some nagging injuries, but that has not prevented Philadelphia winning back to back road games at Dallas and Houston ahead of this one.

While the 76ers may be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, it could be said that the Atlanta Hawks are one of the worst. This is a team that has threatened to blow up the roster a number of times over the last eighteen months, but now they have allowed Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard, and Tim Hardaway to move on and focus on a younger core of players.

Once that decision was made, it was clear that the Hawks would have a tough 2017/18 season and I have little doubt that is going to be the case over the next several months. Losing some of the names they have means the Atlanta Offense is not as efficient as it would like to be at the beginning of this season and the 76ers should be the superior team.

Philadelphia also has the size to hurt the Hawks on the boards at both ends of the court and that can be a huge part of a reason a team is able to move clear of another. There is still work for the 76ers to do Defensively to really reach their full potential, but they look strong enough on both ends of the court to take this game away from their visitors.

The Hawks have dominated this series recently, but that may not be the case now as the teams looked to have flipped which one is the one going through a transition and which one is ready to challenge for the Play-Offs. Atlanta has a poor record coming in off a loss by double digits at home and I like the way Philadelphia has played against those teams they should be beating.

It is a big spread, but I think it is worth laying the points with the home team here and looking for them to cover this number.

Handicap Betting Recommendation: Philadelphia 76ers – 8.5 points at 1.90

By @DavAulak

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