Philadelphia 76ers' Tobias Harris
Philadelphia 76ers' Tobias Harris, center, reaches for a loose ball past Toronto Raptors' Gary Trent Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 20, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Kyle Barrette

I’m convinced there’s a bigger reason why the Bulls can’t string together wins. Maybe they are trying to avoid playing Boston in the first round. At this point, I would avoid playing Boston, but giving up 13-0 runs and letting up 126 in back-to-back games and getting blown out in both is just embarrassing. Today we head west, where the Clippers are hosting the Sixers. The Clippers have a healthy five-game lead in the eighth spot in the west but have been struggling to put wins together. The Sixers are attempting to maintain their third-seed position, but Boston is winning every game and is right behind them. With the Celtics off until Sunday, this is a chance for Philly to add a little bit of space where it needs to.

Philly has won four of their last five. Everyone is set to play for the Sixers tonight, so it will be the full starting five against a reeling Clippers squad. Besides an awful game against the Raptors, this Sixers offense has been putting up good numbers against some of the best defenses in the league. In their past five games, the Sixers have faced three of the top five defenses in the league and scored 110+ on each of them and won each game. There is a little concern for this Sixers team that is on their second game of a west coast road trip as they had to fend off a bad Lakers team that didn’t even have LeBron on the floor. I know it’s a different team now, but Philly did go 2-3 on their previous west coast road trip, so the line makes a little more sense.

The Clippers have been struggling, but I think this team is content where they are just getting a shot to extend their season and maybe get Leonard or George back and make some kind of playoff run. They have been struggling, though. They are only 2-6 in their last eight games and the two teams they beat were the Pistons and the Wizards. Their defense has fallen out of the top 10 and their offense has struggled for most of the season. The Clippers are barely eclipsing the 100-point mark in most games, and they face a Philly defense that is ranked seventh and could use a win in this game far more than the Clippers could.

The Pick: The Sixers-5.5
There isn’t much to excite you about the Clippers right now. The Sixers might not be the best traveling road team, but they can still win and cover, especially against bad teams. Take Philly -5.5.

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