Pistons vs. Sixers prediction and odds for Tuesday, January 10 (Trust Philly at home)

Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Philadelphia 76ers take on the Detroit Pistons for the second time in as many games on Tuesday night, except this matchup will be played at Wells Fargo Center in Philly.

The Sixers beat the Pistons by 12 points in Detroit even though Joel Embiid was out with a foot injury on Sunday, and they may get him back in the lineup on Tuesday night (he’s listed as questionable).

The Pistons are extremely banged up entering this matchup, as Bojan Bogdanovic, Jalen Duren and Marvin Bagley III are all listed as out. That’s going to be a massive problem for Detroit, especially since Bogdanovic has been the team’s best scorer this season.

Even if Embiid doesn’t return, Philly is in a favorable spot, and oddsmakers have noticed, setting the Sixers as massive favorites at home.

How should we bet on this game? Here’s my best bet and the odds for Sixers-Pistons:

Pistons vs. Sixers odds, spread and total

Pistons vs. Sixers prediction and pick

The Sixers have been a solid team against the spread as home favorites, going 10-7-1 so far this season.

They already showed that they can handle this Pistons team without Embiid, so if he returns I’d expect a complete blowout with Detroit down multiple starters.

The Pistons come into this game with the No. 29 defense in the NBA, and they don’t have a big that can truly defend Embiid in the post.

The Pistons are 11-11-2 against the spread as road dogs this season, but they are going to be hard pressed for scoring without Bogdanovic.

Philly is fourth in the NBA in defensive rating this season, so I doubt the Pistons have an offensive outbreak, which should allow the Sixers to cover in this game.

Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record here.

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